Sheriff's Office to mark 150-year history with open house

The Johnson Sheriff’s Office will mark 150 years of service with an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex in New Century.

The event will feature displays of historic memorabilia, modern equipment and practices. Staff will be on hand to help answer questions. Tours of the Sheriff’s Operation Center and of the New Century Adult Detention Center will be given.

Tours of the Operations Center will be continue throughout the open house, but tours of the detention center will only be available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Each tour will be limited to 30 people and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

At noon, Sheriff Frank Denning will give a special presentation on the history of the Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County is rich with law enforcement history. James Butler Hickok— better known as Wild Bill Hickok — served as a constable of the Monticello Township in 1858. At the same time, Pat Cosgrove served as the territorial sheriff.

Since then, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has grown from a one-man department to one with nearly 500 sworn deputies. In all, 27 men have served as Johnson County sheriff. The office operates two jails and an internationally accredited crime lab offering a full complement of law enforcement forensic services.

The Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex is at 27745 W. 159th St. in New Century.

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