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Monday, November 30, 2015

The increasingly famous TPD Cruiser Cab

TL;DR The Topeka Police Department knows how to get a message across. No, the City isn't offering taxi rides. There are five different ways to get a DUI charge, and any one of them can land you with a $2,500 fine. I took my first ride in the back of a police car.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

When water meter boxes become a safety hazard

TL;DR Water crews get to have all the muddin' fun. When they aren't responding to work orders and main breaks, they are performing routine maintenance. As always, use our e311 system to report issues in the City.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fire Education isn't just for the kids

TL;DR One spark can burn down a house in four minutes -- making fire escape plans rather important. Fire Education Officer Mitchell Paige presents to all kinds of groups, every weekday. To schedule a presentation, email him at
Paige has about a dozen thank you cards from students who now know more about staying safe in a fire. Adorable.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The department we couldn't operate without

TL;DR Fleet services is made up of 23 employees who maintain 1,000 vehicles -- everything from weed eaters to fire engines. They do oil changes, transmission replacements, retrofit police vehicles, and even help with police investigations from time to time. It's an often unnoticed job, but one we couldn't operate without.