Major John Eichkorn
Special Operations is comprised of five distinct units with very diverse and specialized responsibilities and areas of expertise. Assigned to specific tasks, these units uphold the agency's duties to protect and serve Kansans by patrolling the ground and air; providing crucial communications; responding to, and deterring disastrous events; and serving as the Governor-appointed State Administrative Agency (SAA) for federal preparedness grant programs under the Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Special Operations includes Troop K-Capitol Police; Troop M-Central Communications/Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS); Troop N-Domestic Highway Enforcement Team (DHET)/Support to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), FBI Task Forces, and the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center; Troop T-Aircraft Operations; and Emergency Operations / Homeland Security.
When the Kansas Highway Patrol was established in 1937, bootlegging and bank robberies were rampant. Seventy-five years later, the Patrol is faced with crime on a global scale. The attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, illustrated the need for stronger communication, and intelligence gathering. These units work hard as teams, and side-by-side with local, state and federal partners to protect Kansans from today's modern threats.