The Kansas Peace Officers Association hosts training and other events/competitions throughout the year and sponsors several programs in the interest of better law enforcement and community relations and safety in the state of Kansas.
"TO THE KNOWN AND
UNKNOWN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN
THEIR LIVES FOR THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS - MAY THEY
AND THEIR FAMILIES SACRIFICES NEVER BE
(Inscription on memorial dedication plaque)
The Kansas Peace Officers Association is a proud supporter of the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial located on the grounds of the Kansas State Capital in Topeka, Kansas. KPOA honors the memory of all Kansas Law Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of others. The names of all Kansas Law Enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty are forever engraved in this memorial so their acts of unselfish devotion to duty will never be forgotten.
The Kansas Peace Officers Association encourages your continued financial support of the ongoing maintenance and enhancements of the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) Director Ed Pavey is KPOA's representative on the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Committee. He also serves on the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for the Memorial. Please contact Director Pavey at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, phone 620.694.1400 with any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Memorial.
In 1866, Felix A. Boller was the City Marshal of Ogden, Kansas. On December 12, 1866, Marshal Boller observed a group of soldiers entering a private home while one of them stayed on the porch appearing to guard the front door. Concerned for the safety of a female resident, Marshal Boller ordered the soldier standing guard to come out, at which point the soldier shot and killed the marshal.
Felix A. Boller is the first law enforcement officer in the state of Kansas known to have been killed in the line of duty.
But not until 1976, almost 110 years after Marshal Boller's murder, were any formal discussions held to propose creation of a state memorial dedicated to those law enforcement officers who had paid the ultimate price in their effort to maintain the safety of the citizens of Kansas.
In 1983, representatives of the Kansas Fraternal Order of Police organized the first Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Service, and joined forces with the Kansas Peace Officers' Association, the Kansas Sheriffs' Association, the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, the Kansas State Troopers' Association, and the Kansas Attorney General's Office to promote construction of a Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the Kansas Statehouse.
In 1984, the Kansas Legislature and the governor authorized construction of the memorial northeast of the Capitol Building, and provided that the construction and upkeep of the memorial be financed by private grants, gifts, contributions or bequests. At the same time, the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Advisory Committee began a fund-raising drive that lasted just more than two years.
On October 14, 1986, the Committee held a special ceremony to unveil the limestone monument which bore the names of 163 officers dating back to Marshal Felix Boller. The monument had been completed at a cost of $71,596.78.
On May 8, 1987, former Kansas City Police Chief and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Clarence M. Kelley was the keynote speaker at the first Kansas Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony held following the completion of the monument. Today, the limestone monument continues to be the focal point of memorial ceremonies.
For more information about the memorial and a listing of all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the state of Kansas visit any of the following links:
In 1981, Wichita, KS Police Chief Richard LaMunyon had a group of officers that wanted to run a torch from city hall to South High in Wichita to raise awareness for the summer Special Olympic Kansas (SOKS) Games. Chief LaMunyon strongly supported the initiative and felt that Special Olympics Kansas was a fitting cause to unite local law enforcement agencies, giving them closer ties to the community at large and to a very special population. After three successful runs in Kansas, Chief LaMunyon presented this program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Since that time, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has grown to be the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics worldwide. The Kansas Peace Officers Association proudly endorses this event and encourages officers throughout the state to participate in this annual event.
For more information please visit the official website of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run.