The Miami County Sheriff’s Office works closely with community leaders and residents to reduce crime and to protect the well-being of our community. We believe that great strides can be made in reducing crime by educating the public, but most importantly, our children. To accomplish this, we have developed several community educational programs designed to bring law enforcement and the general public closer together.

Community Programs

Below is a listing of the many community programs provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office:

Cops for Tots

Organized as a memorial to the late-Sheriff Ken Davis, who had a special place in his heart for helping children, the Cops for Tots program is designed to help Miami County children in need have a brighter holiday season.

Angel Tree
The program’s focus - the Angel Tree - allows residents to donate gifts, such as clothing and toys, to children in need. Just days before Christmas, the Sheriff’s Office, area law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, city and county employees, as well as local volunteers come together to deliver the gifts to Miami County children.

Initiated in 1999, the Cops for Tots auction raises money to assist Miami County families who have experienced devastating losses throughout the year because of severe weather, flooding, or a house fire.

Kids & Cops Fishing
The Kids and Cops Fishing program is another means of promoting trust between kids and local law enforcement. The annual fishing tournament, which is scheduled each June at Lake Miola in Paola, provides a full day of fishing, food, and prizes. The tournament also gives kids a chance to build relationships with law enforcement in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Bears On Patrol
Sponsored by local organizations and residents, the program puts teddy bears in the patrol cars of each Miami County deputy. These teddy bears are used to comfort and calm children during traumatic events, such as auto accidents, fires, and incidents involving domestic violence.

Explorer Post #2502
The Explorer Program, an affiliation of the Boy Scouts of America, is comprised of teens  and young adults ranging in age from 14 to 21. The program gives explorers the chance to learn and participate in the everyday duties of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office as well as assist in public relations functions benefiting the community. New explorers are selected at the start of each school year.

Citizens' Academy

Established in Spring 2000, the program gives residents a behind-the-scenes look at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Over a nine-week period, students not only learn about the history and functions of the Sheriff’s Office, but Kansas laws, the duties of a sheriff’s deputy, and even get the chance to participate in firearms usage and solve a mock crime. Classes are three hours in length, and are offered once a week. Students must be at least 21 years of age, work or reside in Miami County, and have no criminal record.

For more information on how you can participate, call the Sheriff’s Office or download and complete an application. Students must be at least 21 years of age, work or reside in Miami County, and have no criminal record.

Sheriff's Office Calendar
In partnership with local businesses, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office participates in an annual calendar fundraiser, which, in turn, assists in providing safety literature to local families. Calendars are available at the Sheriff’s Office and at various community functions in which the agency participates.