Command Staff

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Chief Tim M. Schwartzkopf started his career as a Police Officer with the City of Prairie Village in 1994. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1997, Sergeant in 2002, Captain in 2005, and was appointed Chief of Police in 2015. During his career, he has served as a School Resource Officer, SIU Supervisor, and Shift Supervisor. As a Division Commander, he has managed the Staff Services, Patrol, and Investigations Divisions.

Chief Schwartzkopf holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Kansas. He is a graduate of the 200th Session of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the 238th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI’s National Academy Associates.


Captain Byron K. Roberson began his career as a Prairie Village Police Officer in August, 1995. He was selected as a Field Training Officer in January of 1997. In August of 1998 he was transferred to the Special Investigations Unit and worked primarily as an undercover narcotics detective. In 1999, Officer Roberson was selected as one of the Department Firearms Instructors, later serving as the Department’s Range Master from 2006 to 2015. On September 29, 2003, Officer Roberson was promoted to the rank of Corporal in the Patrol Division. In January 2005, Cpl. Roberson transferred to Patrol Special Operations. Byron was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December of 2007 and transferred to Patrol Operations & Traffic Enforcement. In May of 2015, Sgt. Roberson was promoted to the rank of Captain, where he currently serves as Commander of the Patrol Division.

Captain Roberson graduated from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. He obtained a Masters Degree in the Administration of Justice from the University of Central Missouri in 2004. He is also a 2011 graduate of the Northwestern School of Staff and Command. Captain Roberson is currently the Commander of the Prairie Village Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).


Captain Myron Ward is the Staff Services Division commander, overseeing the Department's Communications, Records, Property and Evidence, and Police Technical Operations Units. A graduate of the Northwestern School of Staff and Command Course, and a graduate of Friends University with a Masters degree in Management.

Captain Ward joined the Department in 1995. He has served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, advanced accident investigator, field training officer, and defense tactics instructor. He was promoted to Corporal in 2002 and Sergeant in 2005. In 2007, he became the Professional Standards Sergeant and FTO (Field Training Officer) supervisor before becoming the Staff Services Supervisor in 2014. He was promoted to Captain in 2016. Captain Ward is a U.S. Army veteran of multiple overseas tours of duty and is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

 Ivan Washington

Captain Ivan Washington is the Investigations Division Commander, managing the Department's Detectives, School Resource Officers and D.A.R.E program.  He is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice.  Captain Washington is also a 2015 graduate of the Northwestern School of Staff and Command.  

Captain Washington began his career as a Prairie Village police officer in January 2002.   He has served as a Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer and was promoted to Corporal in June 2006.  He was later transferred and tasked with supervising the Special Investigations Unit were he conducted undercover narcotics investigations before being promoted to Sergeant in October 2012.  As a Sergeant, he served as the Traffic Unit Supervisor and later in Patrol Operations.  Captain Washington is currently the Department's Police Pension Board Trustee and oversees the Department's Peer Support Team.