Bobby Stout Says Goodbye After 53 Years

By: Larry Hatteberg Email
By: Larry Hatteberg Email

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June 30, 2010

For 53 years, Bobbie Stout has been the face of law enforcement. He came to Kansas in 1953, fresh faced from the Navy. Then, in 1957, he was sworn in as a Wichita police officer. He spent 23 years with the Wichita Police Department, with much of his fame coming as captain of the Vice Squad. A song was even written about him – “Capt. Bobbie Stout Found Me Out”

"I've had a good ride,” Stout said.

His career took him throughout the ranks of the Wichita Police Department, retiring as Deputy Police Chief.

"To sit in an interview room and see someone, who had no remorse at all, that’ll be stuck with me more than anything else," Stout said.

For years, he was the public face of the Crimestoppers program on TV and in later years at the Crime Commission, working with law enforcement agencies developing advanced training programs.

Stout is a charter member of the Crimestoppers program and especially proud of the “The Make Good Choices Program,” which is designed to encourage young people to consider the consequences of their decisions. He has always said one of his best decisions was staying in Wichita.


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