Official publication of the Kansas Sheriffs' Association
From the Past President Sheriff Ken McGovern
Those of us in law enforcement know the value and necessity of being prepared. We receive extensive training to earn our commissions. We develop various skills and work hard to perfect and retain those skills. We work to maintain an appropriate level of physical fitness. We play the "What if" game to gain the confidence to safely and successfully handle any situation. We do all these things so we can meet the demands of the jobs, deliver the quality service the public expects, and provide our families and loved ones.
I want to draw your attention to an area of personal preparedness that we all too often neglect. That is the legal documentation that provides guidance for our survivors in the event of our incapacitation or death. The recent tragic death in the line of duty deaths of two Topeka police officers drove this point home to me. Sheriffs' Offices and Police Departments are always ready to join in honoring fellow fallen officers. We assist agencies in time of need and do what we can to support the officers' families. But all of these efforts are made after the life changing event. What are we doing that can benefit our deputies and their families before such a life altering event? As agency administrators I believe we have a responsibility to encourage our staff to make the decisions and create the legal documents required to be prepared for such times. To assist us in this effort the KSA has partnered with the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) and Kansas Legal Services (KLS) in a project that will help KSA members create the required legal documentation.