Chief Steven Menke joined the Olathe Police Department in 1988. He has progressed through the ranks by serving as a patrol officer, a sergeant, a lieutenant, a captain and Acting Major. Chief Menke served twelve years as a member of the Tactical Support Unit and has served in Patrol, Investigations and Personnel/Training Divisions. He received his Bachelor's of Arts degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University and attended the FBI National Academy. He was appointed as Chief of Police in November of 2008.
A message from Police Chief Steven Menke:
On behalf of the men and women of the Olathe Police Department, I would like to personally welcome you to our website. It is the vision of our City to "Set the Standard for Excellence in Public Service". As part of that vision, the police department plays a unique and critical role.
Historically, the role of law enforcement has been defined by the statement "to protect and serve". I believe that statement still holds true today. By combining our history, our current vision and the department’s mission, we have developed a strategy with an emphasis on key law enforcement objectives for the future. Those are to prevent, reduce and solve crimes.
These objectives apply to every member of our agency. I believe preventing and reducing crime is an effective way to improve our overall quality of life as a community. Successfully clearing or solving more of the crimes that do occur is a department-wide goal and every member of our agency plays a role in making this happen.
I believe that the police department cannot tackle all the law enforcement issues in our society on our own. To truly be successful, police and citizens must commit to working together to address issues and concerns. I believe that community involvement, support and partnerships are essential to our success in achieving our collective goals.
I would like to thank you in advance for your support and encourage you to partner with us in our efforts. As a department, we are committed to seeking out partnerships and collaborative solutions to issues impacting Olathe. Together we will continue to make Olathe one of the safest cities in the metropolitan area.
It is my privilege to be serving the citizens and visitors of Olathe as your Chief of Police.
Chief of Police
“Serving, protecting and working with our community in a professional manner to prevent, reduce and solve crime.”