The mission of the Junction City Police Department’s Community Involvement Unit (C.I.U.) to provide professional service and dedication to the citizens of Junction City to improve quality of life. We realize that citizens' needs differ and understand that to accomplish our goal we must commit ourselves to the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and promote proactive problem solving, developing partnerships, and provide support to the community.
The C.I.U. was formed in 2002 and included several programs already being run by the Police Department. The C.I.U. is composed of six sworn Officers. Three of the six are certified School Resource Officers (S.R.O.'s) and one is a certified D.A.R.E. Officer. There is one S.R.O. assigned to the Junction City High School, one S.R.O. assigned to the Freshman Success Academy and one S.R.O. assigned to the Junction City Middle School. The S.R.O. assigned to the Middle School also serves as the D.A.R.E. Officer for the elementary schools. Also assigned to the C.I.U. are one sergeant and one Court Liaison Officer. The Goal of the C.I.U. is to provide education, services, and ideas in problem solving as part of an overall Community Policing Philosophy.
Some of the programs offered by the C.I.U.;
Citizen's Academy, Movies in the Park, Police Department Block Party, Bicycle Safety, Gun Safety, and Neighborhood Watch.
Captain Chuck Leithoff is a Junction City native; he graduated from the Junction City Senior High and attended Manhattan Area Vo-Tech. He moved to Oklahoma, where he served as a reserve officer, and was later hired to a temporary full time position for the Anadarko Police Department. In June 1995, he moved back to Kansas to join the Junction City Police Department. He was promoted to Corporal in 2002, assumed duties of Code Enforcement in 2004, and in July of 2007 he was promoted to Captain of the Community Involvement Unit.
Sergeant Eliel Borges Sgt.Borges is a Florida native, His parents are from Cuba and he can speak 3 languages(English, Spanish, American sign language). In January 2001, Sgt. Borges became a patrol officer with the Junction City Police Department after moving to Kansas from Florida. During his employment with the police department, Sgt. Borges was activated and served 15 months as an active duty Military Police Officer on Ft. Riley. He returned from active duty in 2003. In 2005, he graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. In July 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During the time that Sgt. Borges served on patrol, he became a Field Training Officer and Field Training Supervisor. Sgt. Borges is currently the Cooper Fitness Instructor, Coban Technology Technician and is involved in the hiring of new officers. In August of 2016, he was transferred to Community Involvement Unit to assume duties of the C.I.U.Sergeant.
Sgt. Borges enjoys golf, outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Officer Eddie Torres has been a resident of Junction City since 1992. After graduation from the Junction City Senior High, he attended Kansas State University. In 1995, he joined the Army Reserve as a Military Police Officer stationed at Ft. Riley. He became a patrol officer with the Junction City Police Department in 1999. During his employment with the Police Department, Officer Torres was activated and served 15 months as an Active Duty MP. He returned from duty in 2003 and in December of 2006, he transferred to the Community Involvement Unit as a Code Enforcement Officer. In March 2007, Officer Torres was selected as the Junction City Senior High’s School Resource Officer. He is married with two children.
Officer Jay Wigton has been a resident of Junction City since 1999. He joined the Junction City Police Department in December 2004. He served as a patrol officer for 3 years and Code Enforcement Officer for 4 years and is currently assigned as the D.A.R.E. Officer and S.R.O. at the Junction City Middle School. Officer Wigton enjoys the outdoors, sports and spending time with his wife and two children.
Officer Randy Landreville joined the Junction City Police Department on December 6, 2004. Prior to joining the Junction City Police Department, he attended college at Barton County Community College on Ft. Riley. Officer Landreville graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in August 2015. While at the Junction City Police Department, Officer Landreville served on the SWAT Team from July 2007 through July 2010. He has served as a Field Training Officer and is a Master Officer. In August of 2015 Officer Landreville was selected as School resource Officer and is assigned to the Junction City High School Freshman Success Academy.
Officer Scott Babcock was raised in Chapman Kansas and graduated from Chapman High School in 1982. He joined the United States Navy in 1983 and retired in 2003. During his last four years as a Navy Recruiter he worked for the Chapman Police Department part time. After retiring from the Navy he worked on Ft. Riley doing maintenance until he was hired by AKAL Security to man the access points of Ft. Riley. He was then hired by the Abilene Police Department in 2004 until 2007. He worked for Gunderson Plumbing for one year and was then hired by the Junction City Police Department in 2008 where he served as a Patrolman until he was selected for the Court Bailiff position in 2012. He is married and has three children. He enjoys deer hunting and spending time with his wife, Dawn.