Instructor: Colleen Brooks
Biography: Lieutenant Colleen Brooks graduated Summa Cum Laude in December of 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She worked in the mental health field for 3 years and was hired as a police officer by the Dodge City Police Department in January of 2000. She received 2 letters of commendation in 2000 for her perseverance in investigations she completed her first year as an officer. She became a Field Training Officer and Taser Instructor in 2004; was promoted to Detective in January of 2005 and assigned to sex crimes/crimes against children. She became a forensic interviewer of children in 2005 and has been an active member of the Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center multi-disciplinary team since 2004.
She earned a Master's Degree in Management in 2006, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She was promoted from Detective to Sergeant in 2007. Since 2007 she has been the appointed liaison between the DCPD and the Crisis Center of Dodge City, working to improve relationships between the two agencies. In 2007 she received the, "Outstanding Service to Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault," award from the Crisis Center of Dodge City. In 2007 she also received two Distinguished Service Awards from the DCPD; one for her dedicated service to over 100 child victims of sexual abuse, and the other for responding to the Greensburg tornado.
In 2008 she was appointed by the Governor's Office to be a Southwest Kansas Regional Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Instructor and taught many classes to police and the public on domestic violence through the GTEAP (Grants to Encourage Arrest) program. She worked as a Sergeant in the patrol division from 2007-2010 and was then assigned to the Detective Bureau as Detective Sergeant. In 2009 she became a CVSA Operator (Computer Voice Stress Analyst) and she continues to provide truth verification exams in both criminal cases and for pre-employment purposes.
In 2010 she received the Officer of Year award from the DCPD and in 2011 was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Detective Bureau Commander, supervising the Detective Bureau, and the Evidence/Property section of the police department.
Lt. Brooks has been an instructor of police and the public in the areas of sexual assaults, child abuse and domestic violence since 2005. She has been teaching locally and across the state with KCSDV (Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence) since 2012 in the areas of domestic violence, strangulation, sexual assault and the neurobiology of trauma. She authored a portion of the online Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) course for KCSDV in 2012, and remains an instructor for the SANE/SART program across the state.
In 2013 Lt. Brooks was appointed by the Kansas Attorney General's office to assist in creating and planning the statewide domestic violence training course and to teach portions of the course in the state of Kansas for law enforcement and prosecutors.
In 2014 she partnered with Aequitas, the Prosecutor's Resource on Violence against Women, based in Washington D.C. and taught a class with them on advanced sexual assault investigations. Also in 2014 she was appointed to the Kansas Childfirst Protocol team to discuss and implement changes to the forensic child interview protocol in the state of Kansas.
In 2015 Lt. Brooks received two Certificates of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions from Sam Brownback, the Governor of Kansas, for her recognition as a GTEAP Regional Trainer and for her presentation on Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault, presented at the Crime Victims' Rights conference in Wichita, Kansas.
In 2016 Lt. Brooks received the Attorney General's Outstanding Law Enforcement Victim Service Award from Attorney General Derek Schmidt in Topeka, Kansas at the Crime Victim's Rights Conference.
She was appointed to the Governor's Advisory Council on Domestic & Sexual Violence Response - Law Enforcement Subcommittee in 2016, and in doing so she was directly involved with enhancing and completing the existing Kansas specific multi-disciplinary advanced domestic violence and sexual assault curricula known as ICJR (Improving Criminal Justice Response). This statewide curriculum covers the areas of domestic violence, to include strangulation, the neurobiology of trauma and sexual violence.
In 2016 Lt. Brooks created a local Domestic Violence Task Force comprised of police officers, detectives, victim advocates, dispatchers, records clerks and process servers, in order to improve response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Lt. Brooks became a founding member of the Ford County Mental Health Committee in 2016, along with Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr, Ford County Fire Chief Rob Boyd, and local therapists Vicki Broz and Deb Moffitt. The committee has worked to provide crisis debriefs, therapy and education to all first responders in the area of mental health, and to prevent any first responder suicides. The Committee also provides training to prepare first responders to handle a crisis involving persons experiencing a mental illness.
Lt. Brooks began the additional duty of supervising the School Resource Officer Unit in the fall of 2016. She worked closely with SROs and local schools to improve communication and relations between the police department and the school district.
In 2018 Lt. Brooks became a trained member of the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, for response to cases of missing and kidnapped children.
Lt. Brooks has completed 232 forensic interviews of children, she's been involved in hundreds of domestic violence investigations, over 600 sexual assault investigations and 114 death investigations, 10 of which were homicides. She is an active member of the local Sexual Assault Response Team and she serves as an expert witness in the areas of domestic violence, strangulation, and sexual assault.
From June of 2011- January of 2019 Lt. Brooks was the Detective Bureau Commander, overseeing the Detective Bureau, the School Resource Officer Unit and the Evidence/Property sections of the police department. She was the Professional Standards Bureau Commander from January of 2019 - March of 2020, overseeing Internal Affairs, Training, the Field Training Officer Unit, Hiring/Recruitment/Retention, and Policy review/writing. Lt. Brooks resumed her position as Detective Bureau Commander in March of 2020, and currently commands the Detective Bureau, the SRO Unit/Community Service Officer/Community Policing Unit, and the Evidence/Property sections of the police department.