Basehor police officer receives recognition
It's Tuesday afternoon and Basehor Police Officer Jason Slaughter is at his desk speaking to an agent from the United States Secret Service.
The police officer and agent are talking about counterfeit bills, or more accurately, the fake $10 bill that was passed at Casey's General Store in Basehor that afternoon.
It's standard procedure to notify the Secret Service when a counterfeit bill is passed as legal tender, Slaughter said.
Although the case is just an hour or so old, through investigation and speaking with convenience store employees, Slaughter already has a physical description of the suspect and the model of car he drives.
Later that day, Slaughter found and detained the suspect he was looking for, an 18-year-old Hispanic male who had been working at a construction site in a Basehor housing development.
It was later revealed the suspect was an illegal alien, authorities said.
"That's what a good cop will do," said Vince Weston, Basehor Police Chief.
"Some cases are only resolved through hard work and investigation," Weston added.
Being a good cop and investigating cases is exactly what Slaughter was recognized for during a banquet Monday, May 13 in Leavenworth.
Slaughter, 28, was presented with a merit award for excellent arrest and a certificate of achievement in criminal investigation during the banquet.
He is the first Basehor officer since Don Wilson, who in 1993 received a dedication and service award, to be honored with such commendations.
And although they symbolize his hard work, Slaughter brushes off the awards as "just part of the job" while making phone calls to other law enforcement agencies concerning his latest case.
The Basehor Police Department is one of the few in the area without a detectives division, so officers are required to do their own investigation and follow-up, Weston said.
It's investigative prowess that earned Slaughter the first of his two awards Monday night.
Earlier in the year, the officer found $20,000 worth of merchandise which had been stolen from a local business.
The merchandise was found at a residential home and the case against the suspect is still pending, Slaughter said.
His investigative skills were also put to the test in the case that earned Slaughter the first of his awards.
In October, after a high speed chase, Slaughter arrested a male suspect who had allegedly burglarized a Basehor home earlier that day.
The man was taken into custody by Slaughter at gunpoint and sent to the Leavenworth County Jail.
At the jail, the suspect gave authorities false identification. Through investigation, Slaughter found the suspect's true identity.
The man was eventually released on $50,000 bond, but wouldn't stay out of trouble for long.
On his way to a court appearance in Leavenworth County, the suspect stole a car in Johnson County to get to the hearing.
Cases in which Slaughter can help get criminals off the street keeps him patrolling Basehor everyday looking to prevent crime before it happens.
"I've always wanted to do law enforcement," he said. "I like to prevent crime. When wrongs are done, I like to help people."
Being a police officer is nothing new to Slaughter.
Before joining the Basehor Police Department, he was a corrections officer at the Wyandotte County Jail, and he has also worked as a park police officer in Wyandotte County.
But being an officer in Basehor is exactly where Slaughter wants to be, now and in the future, he said.
"The reason I chose Basehor is that it's a growing community and there was a good chance for advancement," Slaughter said.
"I'd like to stay here in Basehor and make a supervisory position," he said.
Weston said he was proud of not only Slaughter for receiving the awards, but also for the other unheralded Basehor officers, both past and present, who help keep the community safe.