Community Involvement Unit
The mission of the Junction City Police Department’s Community Involvement Unit (C.I.U.) to provide professional service and dedication to the citizens of Junction City to improve quality of life. We realize that citizens' needs differ and understand that to accomplish our goal we must commit ourselves to the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and promote proactive problem solving, developing partnerships, and provide support to the community.
The C.I.U. was formed in 2002 and included several programs already being run by the Police Department. The C.I.U. is composed of five sworn Officers. Three of the five are certified School Resource Officers (S.R.O.'s) and one is a certified D.A.R.E. Officer. There is one S.R.O. assigned to the Junction City High School, one S.R.O. assigned to the Freshman Success Academy and one S.R.O. assigned to the Junction City Middle School. The S.R.O. assigned to the Middle School also serves as the D.A.R.E. Officer for the elementary schools. Also assigned to the C.I.U. are one sergeant and one Court Liaison Officer. The Goal of the C.I.U. is to provide education, services, and ideas in problem solving as part of an overall Community Policing Philosophy.
Some of the programs offered by the C.I.U.; Citizen's Police Academy, Movies in the Park, Police Department Summer Block Party, Bicycle Safety, Bicycle Giveaways, Take it Back Prescription Drug, Public Safety Classes at Schools, Fraud & Scam Class & D.A.R.E.
Sergeant Eliel Borges Sgt.Borges is a Florida native, His parents are from Cuba and he can speak 3 languages(English, Spanish, American Sign Language). In January 2001, Sgt. Borges became a patrol officer with the Junction City Police Department after moving to Kansas from Florida. During his employment with the police department, Sgt. Borges was activated and served 15 months as an active duty Military Police Officer on Ft. Riley. He returned from active duty in 2003. In 2005, he graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. In July 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During the time that Sgt. Borges served on patrol, he became a Field Training Officer and Field Training Supervisor. Sgt. Borges is currently the Cooper Fitness Instructor, Coban Technology Technician and is involved in the hiring of new officers. In August of 2016, he was transferred to Community Involvement Unit to assume duties of the C.I.U.Sergeant. Sgt. Borges enjoys golf, outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Officer Eddie Torres has been a resident of Junction City since 1992. After graduation from the Junction City Senior High, he attended Kansas State University. In 1995, he joined the Army Reserve as a Military Police Officer stationed at Ft. Riley. He became a patrol officer with the Junction City Police Department in 1999. During his employment with the Police Department, Officer Torres was activated and served 15 months as an Active Duty MP. He returned from duty in 2003 and in December of 2006, he transferred to the Community Involvement Unit as a Code Enforcement Officer. In March 2007, Officer Torres was selected as the Junction City Senior High’s School Resource Officer. He is married with two children.
Officer Jay Wigton has been a resident of Junction City since 1999. He joined the Junction City Police Department in December 2004. He served as a patrol officer for 3 years and Code Enforcement Officer for 4 years and is currently assigned as the D.A.R.E. Officer and S.R.O. at the Junction City Middle School. Officer Wigton enjoys the outdoors, sports and spending time with his wife and two children.
Officer Jeremiah Ruffin has been a resident of Junction City since 1993 and he is a graduate of Junction City High School. He joined the Junction City Police Department in 2012. During his employment with the Police Department, Officer Ruffin has served as a Dispatcher, a Patrol Officer, and is currently assigned as a D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officer. He enjoys martial arts, sports, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Officer Mary Hewins has been a resident of Junction City since 1991. Officer Hewins came to the area due to her father being in the Military and was stationed on Ft. Riley. After her father retired from the Military, they remained in the area. Officer Hewins graduated from Junction City High School in 1998. Officer Hewins worked on Fort. Riley while attending Barton Community College until she joined the United States Army Reserves in 2001. After returning from training, she was mobilized to active duty on Fort Riley after the 9/11 incident, serving active duty for 15 months as a Military Police Officer. Officer Hewins did graduate from Barton with an associate’s degree with honors in general studies. Officer Hewins joined the Junction Police Department in January of 2004. During her employment with this Police Department, she has worked in the Operations Division as a Patrol Officer, in the Community Involvement Unit as a Code Enforcement Officer, Bailiff, and now a School Resource Officer; she has worked as a Dispatcher and in the Records Department. Officer Hewins has served on the SWAT team for five years and was a Less Lethal Instructor. Officer Hewins still resides in Junction City, plans on retiring here, is married, has four children, and a zoo of animals at home.