Sumner County, KS
Darren Chambers, Sheriff
Sumner County Sheriff's Office
610 E. Hillside
Wellington, KS 67152
The Operations Division of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office is broken into sections, comprised of
the Patrol Section, the Reserve section, the Training Section, the K-9 Unit and SWAT.
The Patrol Section consists of 1 Captain, 3 Sergeants, 10 full time deputies and 3 part time
deputies that operate in marked Sheriff Patrol cars. They work three 8 hour shifts, 7 days a week,
24 hours a day. Their primary mission is to respond to calls for service from the public, detect or
prevent violations of criminal and traffic laws, as well as providing assistance to the communities in
the county whenever requested.
The Patrol section is the most visible division of the Sheriff’s Office and in most cases, makes the
first contact with the residents of Sumner County regarding reported crimes, traffic concerns, and
requests for assistance.
In addition, the Sheriff’s Office provides 2 deputies for security to the Sumner County Court.
The Reserve Section of the Sheriff’s Office is a volunteer organization of fully commissioned, armed
deputies who assist with day-to-day as well as emergency operations. Reserve deputies are
required to provide no less than 16 hours of volunteer service during each month and attend
monthly meetings. Additionally, Reserve deputies must successfully complete a KLETC part time
academy and annual in-service training requirements. The monthly meetings provide training and
information exchange opportunities.
Interested in joining?
The Sumner County Sheriff’s Reserve is looking for men and women of good moral character with
an interest in volunteer public service. Interested individuals should contact Captain Mike Yoder for
an application packet.
Candidates for the Reserve must be: 21 years of age, in good physical condition and capable of
carrying out strenuous law enforcement activities, a U.S. and Kansas citizen, complete a written
application, agree to and pass extensive background, psychological and drug screening tests,
posses a valid Kansas driver’s license, posses a high school diploma or GED, and complete a
comprehensive training academy. After successful completion of the training academy, Reserve
deputies continue their training through an FTO program to further gain the knowledge and
experience they will need as a Law Enforcement officer.
The Training Section ensures all commissioned (sworn) personnel are provided with a minimum of
40 hours of in-service training every year, as required by the State of Kansas. In 2003 the Training
Section presented a Part Time Officer Basic Training Academy sanctioned by the Kansas Law
Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). This has become an annual event normally presents two
basic training academies per year for commissioned deputies and four basic training academies for
detention deputies. All training is done in compliance with applicable state mandates.
The firearms range is also a function of the Training Section and recruits are given their basic
firearms instruction there. Annual in-service training and quarterly firearms qualifications are
conducted at the range.
The Sheriff’s Office has one deputy with a K-9 trained to find lost persons, pursue suspects on foot,
uncover evidence, search buildings and most importantly, provide additional officer safety. The
Deputy along with his canine partner also provide assistance on a regular basis to other state and
local agencies in this region. The canine unit, when not engaged in one of these activities is
available for calls for assistance by the citizens in Sumner County.
The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team or S.E.R.T., was formed in 1997.
The Sheriff's Office recognized that the presence of a highly trained, highly skilled law enforcement
tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police
officers, and suspects. It has also been recognized that a well managed "team" response to critical
incidents usually results in successful resolution of critical incidents.
In 2000 the team was expanded to allow officers from other agencies to join. In addition 2 Medics
were added, and changed our name from SERT to Sumner County SWAT since we were now a
In 2009 we established a board of directors, adopted bylaws and changed our name to Southern
Kansas SWAT (SKS). Currently we have 27 members from 7 different departments in Sumner and
Cowley counties. The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office is the “Base of Operations” for SKS with
command falling under the Operations Commander. There are 13 tactical operators, 2 snipers, 4
medics, 3 negotiators, and 5 tactical dispatchers.
Team members must have a minimum of 3 years law enforcement experience, pass physical,
psychological and firearms testing as well as an oral review board. The team is on call 24 hours a
day and 7 days a week to assist all law enforcement agencies within the region.
It is the goal of Southern Kansas SWAT to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a
resource for the citizens of Sumner County. The team's primary responsibility is to preserve life and
peacefully resolve crisis situations by using specialized tactical training, skills, and equipment.
AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT
|Lt. Jesse Cornwell, Division Commander