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The Police Department in Merriam, Kansas dates back to 1951, just one year after the City of Merriam was formed. Over the next decade, the department experienced several changes that led to the department that you see today including new hires, new police cars, new equipment, and cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff's department. For a full history, you may download the History of the Merriam Police Department.

Message from the Chief
As you browse through the information provided please take the time to review our annual report documents. These reports provide a tremendous amount of information about our department, our calls for service history, our budget, and the many hours of volunteerism by members of our department. It also recognizes the many hours that our citizen’s assist our department with various projects. The “Officers at Work” section is always an interesting read. We encourage you to read these pages to better understand the difficult situations our officers face on a daily basis and we should never underestimate the dangers associated with this profession. Our officers maintain high quality standards while providing excellent service to our citizen’s and the community we serve. We are very proud of the fact that our current police staffing is one of the most educated group of officers to wear the Merriam Police uniform. Sixty percent of our officers have four year college degrees and two officers have graduate degrees! 

We provide several opportunities for the public to interact with our officers and learn more about policing and the Merriam Police Department. The easiest method is to participate in our Ride-along program. Once you have completed a short form, and are approved, you pick the date and time to ride with one of our officers. You see firsthand what our officers do on a daily basis. We routinely receive positive feedback on this program. The second opportunity is the annual Citizen’s Academy. This ten week course, meeting one night per week, provides you with detailed information about our daily activities, equipment, and training. This is a great opportunity for someone to explore a career in law enforcement for free or just learn more about your local police department.

Throughout our short history the Merriam Police Department has been a fun, interesting, and very active police department to work for. Numerous officers have worked here through the years and now we have a growing list of officers that have spent over twenty plus years and retired from our department. For those officers and the knowledge and experience they passed on to the newer officers we are thankful. We should always remember the officers that came before us and the legacy they provided to our department. I recently was promoted to Chief of Police and now have the honor of leading a great organization into the future. In addition, I am now the most tenured officer on the department; proudly serving since 1982. In the past thirty years I have witnessed many changes and challenges for our department and the community. Our citizens, the City Council, and our City employees have always stepped up to the challenges facing Merriam and continue to make our city a better place to live and work. We look forward to that cooperation in the future. 


Chief Tim Burnett

Celebrating 60 Years of Dedicated Service!

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