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Hiawatha Police Department

Emergency call 9-1-1

Contact Information
Dispatch: (785) 742-7125 (Available 24/7)

Administrative Office: (785) 742-2156
(Business hours only)

Email Address:

Contacts :
John Defore, Chief of Police
Dennis Entrikin, Captain

Office Address:
413 Oregon St
Hiawatha, KS 66434

Administrative Office Hours
M,W,Th,F   8:00 - Noon & 1:00 - 5:00
Tues          8:00 - Noon & 1:00 - 3:00 

Closed on holidays as adopted by the Hiawatha City Commission

Hiawatha PD

Welcome Message from the Chief of Police

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Hiawatha Police Department. The Police Department is located at 413 Oregon in the Law Enforcement Center.  John Defore is the Chief of Police, and Barb Mauslein is the Supervising Records Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk.  In addition to the Chief, Dennis Entrikin serves as Police Captain, and we employee our full-time officers;  Janet Jeffery, Michael Gruber, Brandon Lowe, and Dustin Winters.  Along with our part-time officers, Cory Lay and Michael "Duke" Koerperich.  Jeanette Ward serves as the Assistant Records Clerk and Beau Hasenohr also serves as Detective and Code Enforcement Officer.

Hiawatha is a wonderful place to raise a family.  We offer down-to-earth values with a strong since of community pride.   Hiawatha is a progressive, “forwarding thinking “community located in Northeast Kansas.  Hiawatha has excellent shopping, swimming, outdoor recreation, and wonderful schools, all wrapped up in an inviting small town.  

At the Hiawatha Police Department our mission is to improve the quality of life while maintain order.   We strive to reduce crime through education, awareness and prevention. To us, providing police services is a lot more than just responding to a call and taking a report; it means working with the community to prevent crime and solve community problems. The cooperative working relationship between police officers and the people we serve is improving every day, and citizen confidence in the Police Department is the highest it has ever been. 


John A. Defore
Chief of Police 


The administrative office of the Police Department is open from 8 a.m. – noon; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Tuesday the administrative office is open from 8 a.m. - noon; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The phone number is 742-2156.  Dispatch for the Police Department is conducted through the Brown County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The phone number is 742-7125 or emergency 9-1-1.  The Police Department conducts Motor Vehicle Examinations (MVE’s) every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 8-12; 1-5.