Sergeant Jonas Baughman is a 16-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD). A native of the Kansas City area, Sergeant Baughman joined the KCPD after obtaining a B.A. in psychology from Creighton University. He has held assignments in patrol, investigations, crime/intelligence analysis, and administration during his tenure.
Sergeant Baughman quickly found crime analysis to be his professional passion and ten of his sixteen years with the KCPD have been in positions related to crime or intelligence analysis. He has served as a crime analyst; helped create the KCPD’s Real-time Crime Center and supervise its first team; and directed a squad of detectives tasked with gang intelligence. He is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police where he provides strategic analysis and other performance metrics to executive command staff to assist the Department’s crime-fighting efforts.
Sergeant Baughman’s primary interests include spatial analysis and predictive policing, as well as data mining and data visualization. He is also interested in building upon his background in psychology through exploration of wellness programs for America’s law enforcement officers and their families. Sergeant Baughman also feels there is much to be learned by working with international police departments, allowing law enforcement agencies to leverage best practices from across the globe.