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Rick Trapp

FBI Agent, Prosecutor, Douglas County Sheriff

Lawrence High School




Rick has over 30 years’ experience in law enforcement and prosecution positions including Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, Deputy District Attorney, and Sheriff of Douglas County.

Rick Graduated from LHS in 1965 where we was an outstanding football player, lettering all three years and being selected to the All Area Team. and 2nd Team All State. He received a football scholarship and played at KU.

Rick started as a Deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, moved to The Lawrence Police Department as an officer, then back to the Sheriff's Department.

After receiving a Law Degree from the University of Kansas he attended and graduated from the FBI Academy. He worked for the FBI from 1975 until 1985 serving as a field agent and later as Special Agent and Principal Legal Advisor at the home office in Washington D.C.

He returned to Lawrence in 1985 and was the Deputy District Attorney from 1985 to 2001.

In 2001 he was elected Sheriff of Douglas County, Kansas serving until 2005

In 2005, Attorney Phil Kline appointed him as the Statewide Coordinator for the Kansas Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program

A statement from Kline reads "During his three decades of service in law enforcement, Rick has seen first-hand the devastation caused by drug abuse and the importance of drug-prevention education," Kline said. "I am honored that Rick has joined my staff and am confident that the contributions he will make will positively impact the lives of Kansas children involved in the D.A.R.E. program."

Currently Rick is with the U.S. Government in an advisory capacity to the Middle East.

Rick Trapp
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