Welcome to the City of Eastborough

Mayor: John Johnson
Chief of Police: Matthew M. Cox
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History Of Eastborough's Police Department

The history of the Eastborough Police Department began in 1938 when the home of Robert C. Foulston was burglarized making it the first major crime to have occurred in the community. Shortly there after, one of the best things that happened to Eastborough took place - the Eastborough Police Department was formed.

Joe Maness was hired as the first Police Officer/Town Marshall. Ray Turner was hired in 1952, and was the police force for many years. He believed that personalized service was an advantage of small town policing. To him, personalized service included knowing the kids and how far they were allowed to roam from home, then returning them to their boundaries when they strayed too far. He served as the Chief for 21 years.

Lee Cox hired on as a patrolman in 1973 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1978. He held that position until he retired in July of 1991. Along with Officer Wayne Bennett, Officer Donald Windham, and Chief of Police David Bridgewater, they are the only four Officers that have retired from the Police Department.

In July of 1991, David Bridgewater was hired as the City's first professionally trained and experienced Chief of Police. He came to the City with 23 years of law enforcement experience and provided solid leadership within the police force. One of his goals is to constantly improve the quality and professionalism of the Department, yet continue to maintain that personal touch. He also feels, as Ray Turner did, that a smaller Police Department has some advantages over larger organizations by knowing the residents of the community better and therefore being able to serve them better. Chief Bridgewater retired in May of 2009.

Daniel Bardezbain was hired as Chief of Police in 2009. Prior to that he had over 30 years with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office retiring as a Major. He held several supervisory positions which included Detective Sergeant, Training Sergeant, Internal Affairs Commander, Support Bureau Commander and Detention Bureau Commander. He has a Masters Degree of Public Administration from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administrative Justice from the same university. He also was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 182nd Session at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.

Chief Bardezbain left the Eastborough Police Department in December of 2012 to return to the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office as Undersheriff to newly elected Sheriff Jeff Easter.

Matthew Cox was hired as Chief of Police in March of 2013, after serving as Interim Chief of Police upon Chief Bardezbain's departure. Chief Cox has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, including several supervisory positions. Chief Cox is committed to giving the community a Police force that is trained in the latest methods, yet providing personal service that only a smaller department can provide.

The current Police Department staff carries on the tradition of policing by continuing to protect and serve the people of Eastborough. The Officers often go beyond the call of duty to assist our citizens, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

One of the benefits of living in Eastborough - the Eastborough Police Department.