Sheriff's Office Patch
The Sheriff's Office patrols 860 square miles on the High Plains of Southwest Kansas. HGSO provides law enforcement protection for the rural areas, as well as the County Seat of Jetmore, the City of Hanston, and HorseThief Reservoir.
Deputies patrol approximately 70 miles of state and federal highways and over 1,000 miles of sand & dirt roads using patrol cars and four wheel drive SUVs & Pickups.
Deputy Sheriffs conduct traffic enforcement, investigate motor vehicle crashes, conduct criminal investigations, transport prisoners, and serve warrants & civil process. Each day is different and may present new challenges that will need to be met for the Sheriff's Office to accomplish its mission.
Deputies are well equipped and are issued semi-automatic pistols, Tasers, tactical shotguns, and semi-automatic or select-fire rifles including Mini-14s, AR-15s and AK-47s. Most patrol units are also equipped with radar units and digital video cameras.
Deputies are trained in Criminal Patrol Tactics and Highway Interdiction with a focus on the detection and deterrence of criminal activity. Deputies have also received training for a response to an active shooter incidents,hostage barricade situations and high risk warrant service. Their mission is make sure that Hodgeman County is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.
Master Deputy Jeff Channell: Deputy Channell joined the Sheriff's Office in August of 2008. He began his law enforcement career in 1998 serving as a Corrections Officer and Shift Supervisor at a minimum security prison in Colorado. He also worked in the Ford County Jail in Dodge City for more than two years before joining the Sheriff's Office. Deputy Channell has received specialized training in Criminal Patrol Tactics, Highway Interdiction, and Man Tracking and is an expert with many types of small arms. In May 2013, Deputy Channell was selected to become the canine handler for the SO after the acquisition of a narcotics canine. Following extension training as a K-9 handler he and his partner "Kilo", work together everyday to detect the possession or trafficking of drugs in Hodgeman County. Deputy Channell is a combat tested veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served overseas in the Middle East in Jordan & Kuwait and in Horn of Africa in Somalia during his six year enlistment. After September 11th, he enlisted again in the Kansas Army National Guard and served with the National Guard for three years.
Deputy Sheriff Kody Hanson: Deputy Hanson joined the Sheriff's Office in 2014. He began his law enforcement career with the Goodland Police Department. Deputy Hanson is a 10 year veteran of the Kansas Army National Guard and served overseas in Iraq during 2006-2007. He was deployed 2010-2011 to the nation of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and served as a Sergeant in a patrol gun truck.
Deputy Sheriff Thad Brown: Deputy Brown joined the Sheriff's Office in April of 2011 as a part-time Deputy. Deputy Brown began his law enforcement career in Nebraska before moving to Kansas where he became a Deputy Sheriff. Thad joined the Dodge City Police Department 9 years ago and is a shift supervisor holding the rank of Corporal. Thad is a DUI specialist and is a certified Drug Recognition Expert and manages all traffic safety functions such as DUI Checkpoints and saturation patrols for DCPD.
Deputy Sheriff Neil Hardiman: Deputy Hardiman has served the Hodgeman County Sheriff's Office since 2005 as a Reserve & Part-time Deputy and has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Hanston Fire Department and as a EMT with Hodgeman County EMS for many years. Deputy Hardiman is currently employed as full-time firefighter/EMT with the Ford County Fire Department and was promoted in July 2012 to Lieutenant. Neil has received specialized training as a Tactical Medic and acts in that capacity for the Sheriff's Office during the service of search warrants and other high-risk operations.
Deputy Sheriff Felicia McKinley: Deputy McKinley has served with the Hodgeman County Sheriff's Office for many years as a Dispatcher. She began her law enforcement career in 1999 with Ford County Communications as an Emergency Services Dispatcher and worked in the Kansas City Metro area before returning to western Kansas. Felicia attended the Part-time Officer's Academy at KLETC in 2011 and fills gaps in staffing as needed. Felicia is bilingual and is a tremendous asset to the SO in our interactions with the Hispanic Community.