|Patrol Captain Wayne Baughman, Jr.|
Wayne started his career with Reno County in November of 1983 as a firefighter for Reno County Fire District #2. Wayne progressed through training, attaining the rank of firefighter I, II, and III while also obtaining the State of Kansas Certifications for EMT and Arson Investigator.
While working as a Reno County Firefighter he was hired by the Buhler Police Department as a Part-time Police Officer. While at Buhler, he completed the Part-time Officer Basic Training academy at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. In January of 1991, Wayne transferred to the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, as a deputy assigned to the Jail. In May of 1991, he was transferred to the patrol division as a patrol deputy and attended the 117th basic full time officer’s academy at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. While working as a patrol deputy, he was a Field Training Officer.
In January 1995, Wayne was promoted to the rank of patrol Sergeant. His duties included supervising a detail. He eventually was given the responsibility of overseeing the patrol division’s Field Training Officer program, which included supervising all the Field Training Officers and their trainees. He was also given the responsibility to oversee the Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy program. In June of 2004, Wayne was transferred to the detective division assigned to general investigations.
In February 2006, Wayne was promoted to the rank of Captain, overseeing the detective division. In June of 2007, he was transferred to the patrol division as the division’s Captain, in charge of its day-to-day operations. He supervises 5 sergeants, 18 deputies and 2 civilian employees.
The Patrol division is responsible for the 24-hour coverage of 1271 square miles, the service of civil process and delinquent tax collection. The patrol division is comprised of 4 crews, which operate on 12-hour shifts. The civil process/delinquent tax division has a sergeant, two patrol deputies, one civilian process server and one support service civilian. Deputies are trained in advance accident reconstruction, are members of the Emergency Response Team (specialized team comprised of Reno County Sheriff’s deputies and Hutchinson Police Department officers), conduct DUI check lanes, saturation patrols and seatbelt enforcement programs, serve civil papers and collect delinquent taxes.