Thursday, July 14, 2011

Officer Mike Betten Retires After 25 Years of Service

Officer Betten began his career on July 14, 1986. He worked in the Patrol Division from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1996 Officer Betten was assigned to the Traffic Division where he focused on accident reduction and traffic enforcement.

For the last 15 years Officer Betten has been assigned to the Community Policing Unit as the department’s Crime Prevention Officer. During this time Officer Betten gained certification from the American Society of Industrial Security as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Of the 30 certified security professionals in the State of Kansas, he is the only law enforcement officer to hold the CCP designation.

Officer Betten instructed at the Johnson County Police Academy. He will continue as Adjunct Professor at JCCC teaching courses in Crime Prevention & Fundamentals of Private Security.

In 2001, Officer Betten was awarded the Thomas R. Meyers Award presented by the Kansas City American Society of Industrial Security Chapter.

In 2003, he received an Award of Achievement for Region V presented by the American Society for Industrial Security International.

Also in 2003, he was honored by Security Management Magazine as the Certified Protection Professional of the Quarter.

Currently, Officer Betten is awaiting the results of his nomination to receive the 2011 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing.

Officer Betten is taking a position with TED Systems here in Johnson County.

Officer Betten your co-workers and friends wish you the best and we thank you for 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Overland Park and the citizens we serve.