U.S. Attorney McAllister Announces Grants To Kansas Police Departments for Hiring Officers


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister today announced grants for law enforcement agencies in Kansas to hire officers.

The Kansas grants are part of nearly $400 million nationwide for law enforcement hiring announced today by the Department of Justice.

“The grants put the money where it is needed – on the streets,” McAllister said. “Kansans will be safer because of these grants.”

Departments receiving grants in Kansas include:

  • Arkansas City Police Department: $125,000
  • Atchison County Sheriff’s Department: $125,000
  • Bonner Springs Police Department: $125,000.
  • Bourbon County Sheriff’s Department: $118,792
  • Cheney Police Department: $250,000
  • Cherryvale Police Department: $125,000.
  • Gardner Police Department: $125,000.
  • Goodland Police Department: $125,000.
  • Hesston Police Department: $125,000
  • Hiawatha Police Department: $125,000.
  • Kansas City, Kan., Police Department: $1,322,150
  • Pratt Police Department: $125,000.
  • Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Department: $224,965
  • Wellsville Police Department: $123,624
  • City of Wichita: $875,000

The funding comes through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).

“The Department of Justice is committed to providing the police chiefs and sheriffs of our great nation with needed resources, tools, and support: The funding announced today will bolster their ranks and contribute to expanding community policing efforts nationwide,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “A law enforcement agency’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities.”

The complete list of awards can be found here To learn more about CHP, please visit For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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