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Kansas Highway Patrol Responds to Lawsuit Findings

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KANSAS — The Kansas Highway Patrol sent out a statewide update reviewing the Court’s recent decision and said they respect the Judge’s conclusions and recommendations.

On July 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas dismissed the federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and discrimination filed against former Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Herman T. Jones, and other members of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

In today’s statewide announcement, Kansas Highway Patrol said that they remain committed to carrying out their mission of service, courtesy, and protection to the people of Kansas and said that the decision of Judge Teeter will help the agency re-focus on that mission.

“I remain committed to the Kansas Highway Patrol and the employees that are serving within the agency. The administration and all agency members will continue to be held to the highest levels of integrity and professionalism,” said Colonel Erik Smith, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

If the public has any concerns or complaints to the agency regarding the lawsuit and the ruling in the case,  KHP would like to direct the public to the online complaint forum within the Professional Standards Unit. The forum can be found here:  https://kansashighwaypatrol.org/about-us/compliments-complaints/.