Leawood dispatcher arrested for disseminating confidential information

Posted at 11:47 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 13:48:34-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 39-year-old dispatcher for the Leawood Police Department was arrested and charged with a computer crime, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday.

According to a press release, Kallie R. Turnbow provided confidential information from the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System to unauthorized individuals.

The KBI launched an investigation in October 2019 after receiving a tip that Turnbow was sharing criminal history and driver’s license information in violation of Kansas law from July 2018 until the investigation commenced.

Turnbow, who worked as a dispatcher for Leawood police, was placed on unpaid administrative leave at that time.

She was arrested “for violating restrictions on dissemination of criminal history record information, official misconduct, and unlawful acts concerning computers,” the KBI said.

Leawood police acknowledged being informed of the allegations in October and placing Turnbow on administrative leave.

"To insure full transparency, the investigation was conducted by the KBI and the case was eventually presented to the Johnson County District Attorney for review," Leawood Police Public Information Officer Capt. Brad Robbins said in a written statement to 41 Action News. "With the filing of a criminal case, the Leawood Police Department will have no further public statement. The employee remains on administrative leave pending an internal investigation now that the criminal investigation is completed."

Turnbow was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a residence in Olathe.

She was booked in the Johnson County Jail and released Tuesday evening after posting a $5,000 bond.