1442 West Commercial Ave
Lyons, KS 67554
Administrative Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 AM – 4 PM
Chad M. Murphy
(After hours calls transferred to Communications)
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Along with the men and women of the Rice County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the citizens of this community, I am fully committed to providing quality, professional law-enforcement services through the preservation of peace and order, the reduction of crime and fear, and the achievement of proactive problem solving resolutions through teamwork and loyalty to those we serve as well as one another. With community support, our office will continue preparing for the future through viable partnerships, the demonstration of professionalism, the recognition of valuable training and the simple desire to lead by example. We will remain committed to our oaths and focused on our responsibilities as we work towards our goal of consistency with excellence all while integrity remains a necessary standard.
The vision of this office is to collectively establish the benchmarks in the public safety profession; by being recognized locally as leaders who are unquestionably committed to enhancing the quality of life for and with the citizens of our fine county. We consistently operate on the approach that “no job is too big; no responsibility is too small” while aggressively achieving these objectives. We are committed to the principles of servant leadership in law-enforcement and will always strive to conduct ourselves in a manner that merits the respect of all people.
In closing, it is both a privilege and great honor that I serve you as your Sheriff. I will always value your comments and suggestions and I urge any citizen or visitor of Rice County to contact our office at any time the need should present itself.
Our office is a talented and dedicated team of individuals who are passionate about and take pride in their profession. With community service as a solid foundation, it allows us to utilize a healthy balance of education, enforcement, and community involvement to accomplish realistic goals. Being citizen focused allows us to work directly with residents, business owners and visitors within our community to prevent crime, improve the quality of life, and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.
The Rice County Sheriff’s Office provides 24-hour law-enforcement protection and services to all persons within the county boundaries, including the cities of Alden, Bushton, Chase, Frederick, Geneseo, Little River, and Raymond.
The Rice County Sheriff’s Office is a progressive and professional full-service law-enforcement agency consisting of nine certified/commissioned personnel; which includes the Sheriff, Undersheriff, Full Time Regular and Part Time Deputies with a combined total experience of over eighty-years. All certified law-enforcement officers are graduates of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) located in Hutchinson, Kansas. Additionally, all full time personnel must maintain a minimum of 40 hours approved law-enforcement related continuing education on an annual basis to maintain their state certification.
Several key support staff positions are instrumental and necessary for the effective operation and development of the Rice County Sheriff’s Office. Non-Commissioned personnel include the Office Manager, Jail Captain, Office Secretary/Administrative Assistant, Detention Staff, Maintenance Staff, and one, part time Civil Process Server.
The Sheriff, Undersheriff, Jail Captain and Office Manager primarily make up the administrative, personnel support and leadership team of the entire agency. Administrative functions include, but are not limited to; the preparation and management of the departmental budgets, implementing expense control guidelines, management of the recruitment and hiring processes, addressing internal human resource issues, ensuring staff development and training objectives are met and supervising procedural related responsibilities for their respective division.
Patrol and Investigations Division:
Under the immediate direction of the Undersheriff, the Patrol and Investigations division plays in integral and critical role in the application of comprehensive law-enforcement services provided to the citizens and visitors of Rice County. Often referred to as the “backbone” of any criminal justice agency, deputies in the patrol division are the first responders to all major crimes, other emergencies and general calls for service for our community. Deputies are responsible for providing professional law-enforcement services within approximately 740 square miles of jurisdiction, including one U.S. Highway, two state highways, a multitude of county roads/thoroughfares, all unincorporated areas of Rice County, and those cities that do not host their own police department.
Additionally, patrol deputies will routinely assist other law-enforcement agencies within Rice County when necessary or requested. Deputies within the patrol division generally work an 8-hour set schedule shift with rotating days off that allow for one weekend off each month. Deputies are provided with all uniforms and related equipment necessary to effectively complete their duties (ie; duty gear, weapons, and ballistic vests.) Patrol staff are also issued late-model take home patrol units, which are equipped with digital in-car video systems, technologically advanced radar units, in-car laptop/MDT computers with local RMS state KCJIS and NCIC access and all other necessary equipment for the effective and streamlined performance of duties.
Under the immediate direction of the Sheriff, the Jail Captain is responsible for the effective, lawful, safe and economical operation of the detention center and staff. Constructed in late 2001, the Rice County Detention Center is a 72 bed, state of the art – computer controlled detention facility containing several status specific holding cells; including four general population pods, one female housing pod, detoxification/holding cells, medical/isolation, male and female work release and two maximum security/segregation units. There are approximately 12 full-time detention officers who are tasked with the day to day operations and responsibilities of inmate housing procedures, which include; booking and release, property tracking, medication line, visitation management, transport operations and facility security.
Civil and Records Division:
Under the immediate direction of the Sheriff, the Civil and Records Division carries out the statutory responsibilities of all administrative, account management and financial duties for report to the county clerk. This division effectively manages the processes and procedures for the serving of all judicial civil-process documents originating from the courts, governmental agencies, private attorneys and the public, and accounts for the collection of any related fees.
Additionally, staff members are responsible for the effective management and registration of all sex offender registrants, processing warrant files, data entry duties, case file management, report submissions to the KBI (Kansas Bureau of Investigation) and KDOT (Kansas Department of Transportation) among other administrative duties.