The Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Turnpike Authority spent a combined $52,573 providing security and traffic control for President Donald Trump's Oct. 6 visit to Topeka, KHP Lt. Adams Winters said Friday.
That brought law enforcement costs for the visit to more than $100,000, according to a tally being kept by The Capital-Journal, which had received figures from 10 of the 20 agencies from which it had made requests.
About 500 protesters lined the sidewalks near the Expocentre’s Kansas Landon Arena the evening of Oct. 6 as Trump spoke before 11,000 people at a Make America Great Again rally held inside. Law enforcement officers carried out duties that included protecting the president, providing security at the rally and providing traffic control along the route the president’s motorcade took to and from the rally site.
The KHP, KTA and other law enforcement agencies reported incurred expenses for the visit totaling $100,234.74, including:
• $26,458.42 for the Topeka Police Department, according to public relations specialist Gretchen Koenen, who said the department covered those costs using money from its budget.
• $11,270 for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, according to Sgt. Kristen Channel.
• About $8,000 for the Lawrence Police Department, according to Sgt. Amy Rhoads.
• $617.54 for the Leawood Police Department, according to Capt. Brad Robbins.
• $501.78 for the Saline Police Department, according to Capt. Paul Forrester.
• $450 for Topeka Public Schools police, according to school district spokeswoman Misty Kruger.
• $364 for Shawnee County Parks Police, according to Chief Michael Cope.
• Nothing for the Washburn University Police Department, according to Chief Chris Enos.
"Our involvement was limited to assisting with route security near the university which we accomplished with on-duty personnel," he said. "We did not incur any additional expense as the officers were already scheduled for duty."
The Capital-Journal on Friday hadn't received information about costs to provide security it had requested from the 10 other agencies Topeka police said helped provide security. Those were the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority Police and Fire Department and the police departments for Lenexa, Wichita, Shawnee, Overland Park, Olathe, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Kan., and Grandview, Mo.
Wichita police spokesman Charlie Davidson said that department wouldn't have figures available until after the end of this month.