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Mr. Larry Welch

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Tenth Director


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  • Juris Doctor ( JD ) degree
    University of Kansas Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts degree
    University of Kansas
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Archives, 14 Oct 2012 [cached]
Larry Welch Presentation
Larry Welch, the tenth director of the KBI and former director KU's Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, discussed his career as detailed in his book, Beyond Cold Blood.  This event was offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and coordinated locally by UFM. Larry Welch discusses his career and takes questions from the audience.
With an official handshake, Blecha, who ..., 23 May 2007 [cached]
With an official handshake, Blecha, who currently serves as the KBI's Assistant Director for Field Investigations, will replace Larry Welch.Welch is retiring at the end of the month after serving as director since 1994.
"I want to personally thank Mr. Welch.
"Publicly I want to thank Mr. Welch for his years of service to the state."
After returning from Vietnam, Blecha served six terms as Sheriff of Republic County.He joined the KBI as an agent in Hays in 1979 and in 1994 he relocated to Topeka as Supervisor of the KBI's Special Services Division.He says he's ready to get to work.
CJOnline - KBI director to retire in May [cached]
Larry Welch, Kansas Bureau of Investigation director since 1994, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of May as the second-longest serving chief of the agency.
"I still love the KBI and still worry about them, but it's time to do something else.I might want to teach, but I just don't know yet," Welch said, adding he might write a book about the history of the KBI, created in 1939 under the attorney general's office.
- Age: 70.Born Jan. 23, 1936, in St. John.
- Hometown: Lawrence
- Personal: He and his wife, Shirley, have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
For his part, Morrison praised Welch for a "distinguished career of service to the people of Kansas."
"During his tenure with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Director Welch helped make Kansas a safer place to live through hard work and steadfast dedication," Morrison said in a written statement.
Being KBI director is Welch's third law enforcement job.After graduating from The University of Kansas Law School in 1961, he joined the FBI, where he served for 25 years in Washington, Tennessee, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.
He then went to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Yoder, where he became its director in 1989 before taking over as KBI director under then-Attorney General Bob Stephan.Welch said he planned to stay a few months but ended up serving as director under Carla Stovall and Phill Kline.
Welch said he doesn't know who will be the new director, a decision to be made by Morrison.He said since the first director, six have come from within the KBI and three, including Welch, from outside the agency.
For law enforcement officials throughout Kansas, Welch has been the face of the KBI with a reputation of always being willing to assist local agencies.
"Larry has been a very good friend to law enforcement, large and small.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius also praised Welch, calling him "a great ally during the last four years in our efforts to keep Kansas families safe and secure."
Welch said the three biggest challenges for the KBI during his tenure have been its budget, battling methamphetamine traffic and the increase in computer crimes, including identify theft and child pornography.
The KBI has some 300 employees, including about 80 agents throughout the state.It has four forensic labs, double the number in 1994.Welch said the agency has 53 forensic scientists in its labs in Topeka, Great Bend, Pittsburg and Kansas City , about a dozen more than when he became director.
The labs assist local police agencies in cases and their role has grown with advancement in technology, including DNA analysis and fingerprint analysis.
He said computer crimes is the fastest-growing area of criminal activity in the state and the KBI often is asked to assist local agencies.
Six agents are assigned full time to cybercrimes.
"We can't keep up with the calls for assistance," Welch said.
Endorsements | Derek Schmidt - Kansas Attorney General - 2010, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Larry Welch, Former Director, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Larry Welch, Former Director, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Larry Welch, Former Director, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Larry Welch, Former Director, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK, by Larry Welch, ISBN 0700618856, Books by Cops & Lawyers, 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
Author: Larry Welch
Larry Welch, the 10th Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, gives the first history of that agency from 1939 to 2007.
Welch directed the KBI from 1994 to 2007 and was an FBI agent from 1961 to 1986.
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