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Ottawa maintains a modern, highly trained, technically skilled, energetic, and well-equipped police department with a current authorized strength of 27 sworn and 4 civilian employees. Our staff strives to provide efficient and timely service to residents, visitors, and businesses in our City.

The Department is committed to community policing; a partnership of police officers and citizens working together to address crime and neighborhood quality-of-life issues. In fulfilling their roles, the men and women of the Police Department are guided by the following values: "Service, Integrity, Tolerance/Dignity, Stewardship; and Flexibility." We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce to better serve our community. 

CALEA Accreditation The Ottawa Police Department, Ottawa, Kansas is proud to be a CALEA accredited agency. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was established in 1979 to assist law enforcement agencies in establishing and maintaining high standards of excellence. The Department earned accreditation in 2015, after participating in a multi-year process that included a detailed self-assessment, and participated in an on-site review by a team of CALEA assessors with law enforcement backgrounds. CALEA thoroughly examined all aspects of the Department’s management, operations, policies, procedures and support systems. The community also were invited to participate in the process by providing comments and observations. Link to CALEA Award Letter

CALEA was created through the joint efforts of the major law enforcement associations including:

The International Association of Chiefs of Police

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

National Sheriff’s Association (NSA)

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

To learn more about CALEA visit

The Police Department is located at 715 W. 2nd Street. Dial 911 for both police non-emergencies and emergencies and 785-242-2561 to contact the Police Department Administrative offices for general information. 


The Ottawa Police Department is a law enforcement agency committed to serving its community through the delivery of professional services.  We will do this by capitalizing on innovative strategies, partnering with members of our community, other law enforcement agencies, embracing continual learning, and remaining accountable to all we serve.  We will foster a caring and supportive culture for our employees based upon the respect of individual rights, and human dignity, so they may be better serve everyone.



An Ottawa where all can live safely and without fear, protected by a police department with the highest ethical and professional standards.

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