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Wyandotte County officer recognized for service to crime victims

Release Date: Apr 11, 2019
AG Schmidt and Major Kelli Bailiff

WICHITA – (April 11, 2019) – Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for her service to crime victims during this week’s Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.

Major Bailiff was presented the Outstanding Criminal Justice Victim Service Award for Law Enforcement by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt during an awards ceremony today.

Bailiff is the executive officer for the Operations Division at the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas City, KS. Bailiff has been recognized numerous times locally and nationally for her work with victimized children. She has been the on-air host of Child Search for 24 years, a program dedicated to locating missing children and educating families on child safety. Child Search has helped to reunite hundreds of children with their families. To date, she has had a part in recovering more than 600 children, many whom were victims of violent crime or human trafficking. Her efforts assured that the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office stayed abreast of the ever-changing issues regarding abducted or missing children.

In addition to this work, Bailiff has been deeply committed to the local community, assisting in providing a safety-net for victims of domestic violence and their dependents. Bailiff participated in the Friends of Yates shelter expansion to expand bed capacity from 22 to 44 beds providing more victims of domestic violence safe shelter that could ultimately save their lives.

Ladora Lattimore, executive director of Friends of Yates, described Major Bailiff as exemplifying “love, kindness, caring, professionalism, commitment, professional ethics and volunteerism.”

The Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference was hosted by Attorney General Schmidt and Governor Laura Kelly. The conference featured a number of speakers and trainers focused on raising awareness of emerging crimes and offering new approaches to respond to enduring crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Photo caption: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt presents the Outstanding Criminal Justice Victim Service Award for Law Enforcement to Major Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office at the Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.

 

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