First-grader fights crime as junior officer

BETH KORNEGAY Special to the Times
Dylan Pierce is shown with Basehor police officer Andrew Burns during last month’s Junior Officer of the Day fundraiser.

Basehor Elementary School first-grader Dylan Pierce got a first-hand look behind the scenes of the Basehor Police Department when he was named Junior Officer for the Day last month. The program was donated by the Basehor Police Department as a fundraiser for the school and is part of the PTO’s annual spring silent auction fundraiser.

Dylan spent most of his day shadowing Andrew Burns, an officer with the Basehor Police Department. Dylan’s day began with being sworn in as a police officer and being issued a shirt and badge. They toured the City Administration Office and Municipal Courtroom and met the staff, learning about various job responsibilities. After a tour of the police department, Burns showed Dylan all of the equipment he uses in his role as a police officer. Dylan even got to pull the trigger on a stun gun before going on a ride in a police car with Burns.

“Prior to his junior officer experience, Dylan was set on becoming a video game developer. However, after spending the day with the Basehor PD, he is now considering law enforcement for his future career,” said Dylan’s mom, Kristin Pierce.

Another highlight for Dylan was when he and Burns rode around town looking for people breaking the law. All situations were staged and arranged ahead of time, and Dylan was able to issue a few tickets and arrest a few “bad guys.”

Dylan’s dad was pretending to break into the concession stand at the local ball field. Dylan issued his dad a citation, handcuffed him and arrested him. He later caught the court clerk rolling through a stop sign. Dylan issued her a citation and “arrested” her as well.

The week after his junior officer experience, Dylan’s class took a field trip to Basehor City Hall and the police department. While touring the police department, Dylan was asked to stand up and talk about his day as a junior officer.

“Law enforcement is important because the police keep us safe,” said Dylan. “My day was really fun and I learned a lot about the police.”

Kristin couldn’t have been happier with the experience her son had, saying the Basehor Police Department went above and beyond to make Dylan’s day both fun and educational.

“I would highly recommend this experience to anyone,” she said.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at