Sergeant Bradley Todd
Sergeant Brad Todd came to the Edwardsville Police Department in August 2013. A graduate of the University of Kansas in 2010 he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He graduated the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in 2013.
In September 2015, Bradley Todd was promoted to Master Patrol Officer. He was again promoted in November 2016 to Sergeant in Patrol.
Sergeant Todd is now our lead detective and the sergeant in charge of investigations.
Sergeant Josh Brooks
Sergeant Josh Brooks joined the Edwardsville Police Department in February of 2008. He graduated from the 197th Session of the Kansas Basic Training Academy at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center located in Hutchinson.
Brooks worked as a patrol officer until he was promoted to the rank of Master Patrol Officer in January 2014. He achieved the rank of Sergeant in October 2017.
In addition to Sergeant Brooks’ patrol and supervisory responsibilities, he is a NRA Certified firearms instructor, Glock Armorer and the department Rangemaster. He is a certified Field Training Officer, and one of the department’s Taser Instructors.
In spring of 2019, Sgt. Brooks graduated from the Kansas City, Kansas Community College with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies.
On May 13th 2015, Sergeant Brooks was recognized by the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police with their Gold Award for Exceptional Police Service. In 2018, he attended the 17th Annual Kansas Police Administrators Seminar, hosted by KLETC and the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2019, he earned the FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award for completing the Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute, and Executive Leadership Institute.
Sgt. Brooks has been a member of the Edwardsville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42 since 2008. He has served on the executive board, since 2011, in roles including, president, secretary, and treasurer.
Sergeant Patrick Johnson
Sergeant Patrick Johnson served in the United States Army from 1996 to 2005, when he joined the Shawnee Kansas Police Department. In 2010, he joined the McLouth Kansas Police Department, where he served until joining the Edwardsville Police Department in 2013.
Patrick Johnson is a certified Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Level I and II inspector, a certified D.A.R.E officer, and an advanced traffic accident investigator. In April 2016, Patrick Johnson was promoted to Master Patrol Officer, and in May 2018 was promoted to Sergeant.
Sergeant Brandon Green
Sergeant Brandon Green began his law enforcement career in 2013 at the Shawnee Police Department. Sergeant Green graduated from the Johnson County Regional Police Academy in 2014, and then obtained his Criminal Justice Degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2017.
Sergeant Brandon Green joined the Edwardsville Police Department in June 2018. Sergeant Green was promoted to the rank of Master Patrol Officer in January 2019, and Sergeant in October 2019. Sergeant Green is a recipient of the Life Saving Medal which he was awarded in August 2017.
Master Patrol Officer Michael Hart
MPO Michael Hart began his law enforcement career in August of 2014 when he started working as a Detention Officer with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office. Hart graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2015. Hart came to the Edwardsville Police Department in July of 2015 and graduated the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, Kansas in October 2015.
Michael was promoted to Master Patrol Officer June 2018.
Master Patrol Officer Kyle Rector
MPO Kyle Rector started in Law Enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff in Thurston County, Nebraska. He received his Law Enforcement certification as a graduate of the 174th Basic Class at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. After relocated to the Kansas City Metro area he worked briefly in Security Supervision before joining the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Police Department in 2014. He received his Kansas Law Enforcement Certification in February 2015.
Officer Rector joined the Edwardsville Police Department in January of 2017. He hold an Associate’s Degree in Police Science and has Certification for the Crisis Intervention Team.
Kyle was promoted to Master Patrol Officer January 2019.
K-9 Officer Peter Yazbec
K-9 Officer Peter Yazbec graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2007, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Yazbec started with the City of Edwardsville as the Public Works Director in 2013. He served in that capacity until May of 2016.
He has always had the desire to pursue law enforcement and was offered the opportunity with the Edwardsville Police Department in May 2016. He graduated in the 241st class at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, Kansas on September 30th, 2016.
Peter was promoted to Master Patrol Officer January 2019.
In January of 2020 Officer Yazbec was selected to be Edwardsville's K-9 handler. Yazbec completed an extensive K-9 handler training course and graduated in February 2020. K-9 Officer Bear is his partner.
Officer Jacob Herron
Officer Jacob Herron graduated from Pittsfield, Illinois High School in 1998, and attended Western Illinois University majoring in Criminal Justice. Officer Herron was hired on with the Pike County Illinois Sheriff’s Department as a full-time correctional officer, and was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2001. Jacob served the citizens in Pike County until 2013 when he and his family moved to Kansas City, MO.
Officer Herron has served two other agencies in the metro area as well as previously being employed by the Edwardsville Police Department from 2015 to 2019. Officer Herron is eager to serve the citizens of Edwardsville again.
Officer Gage Grimes
Officer Gage Grimes joined the Edwardsville Police Department in January 2019. Officer Grimes began his career in law enforcement with the Leawood Police Department in 2015. While employed with Leawood, Gage graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at Johnson County Community College in 2016. Officer Grimes was assigned to patrol the community in order to prevent and detect crimes. Gage also worked with people in the community to mediate disturbances and provide a solution.
Officer Grimes graduated locally from Shawnee Mission East High School, and attended Emporia State University. Gage has a background in banking, and was previously an Assistant manager at Sprint. He now looks forward to serving the citizens of Edwardsville.
Officer Jesse Marshall
Officer Jesse Marshall joined the Edwardsville Police Department in January 2019. Officer Marshall came to us from Cheyenne, Wyoming. After high school Jesse attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Throughout college Jesse played football on the college team, and became the senior captain of the offensive line. Officer Marshall graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree majoring in Human Services and minoring in Criminology.
Officer Marshall will receive extensive field training over the next few months. He will attend the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center over the spring/summer. Jesse looks forward to serving the citizens of Edwardsville.
Officer Jennifer Richner
Officer Jennifer Richner joined the Edwardsville Police Department in June 2019. Officer Richner graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. Jenn grew up locally, in Overland Park, and throughout high school was a member of 4-H competing with her horse. Officer Richner was also in the Naval ROTC as a Marine option during her years at KU.
Officer Richner will attend the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center this fall, and she will graduate in February 2020. During her time at the Department Officer Richer will receive extensive field training to ensure she is prepared for the academy. The department will be eager for her return while she is away! Jenn looks forward to serving the citizens of Edwardsville.
Officer Michael Saunders
Officer Michael Saunders joined the Edwardsville Police Department in August 2019. Officer Saunders grew up locally graduating from Bonner Springs High School, and has served the surrounding communities for many years. Mike has worked for the Gardner Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, and most recently the Bonner Springs Police Department. Throughout his years in law enforcement, Officer Saunders has received extensive training, and has been a handgun instructor, a field training officer, an EVOC instructor, and an Intoxilyzer custodian.
Officer Saunders looks forward to serving the citizens of Edwardsville, and continuing his career with the Edwardsville Police Department.
Officer Christopher Diehn
A Native Kansan, Officer Christopher Diehn graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and then went into the US Air Force from 1985 to 1991. He then transferred into the US Air Force Reserve and retired after 20 years. Officer Diehn started his part-time law enforcement career with the Mission Police Department in October 2011 through October 2015.
He graduated the 41st part-time law enforcement academy at KLETC on April 27th, 2012. Christopher joined the Edwardsville Police Department in May 2017 and currently works as Court Security Officer.
Officer John-Francisco Mariño
Officer John-Francisco Mariño was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He joined the US Army Reserves in March of 2007 while attending Lawrence High School. After graduating Lawrence High School, Officer Mariño went to Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. A year later, after leaving training as a Mechanic, Officer Mariño deployed to Basra, Iraq from 2009 to 2010. Officer Mariño worked as a Civilian for Lawrence Police Department from 2011-2012, before becoming a certified Officer for Bonner Springs Police Department in May of 2012. During his time in Bonner Springs, Officer Mariño became a Corporal and Detective. He stepped away from his 6-year law enforcement career in August of 2018, but subsequently returned joining the Edwardsville Police Department team in March of 2020. Officer Mariño has held certifications as a Field Training Officer, Hand Gun Instructor, Armorer, and Crisis Intervention Team member. Officer Mariño is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology.
Officer Mariño is excited to serve the community of Edwardsville, Kansas and help keep the city and its people safe.