Captain Tim Hegarty (Ret.)


Tim Hegarty served with the Riley County (KS) Police Department for 26 years, retiring in February of 2021. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2007, and over the next 13 years, he commanded his agency’s Investigations, Patrol, Administration, and Support Divisions. He has served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Kansas State University and as a subject matter expert and instructor for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. He is also a Level II Certified Instructor in Problem-Based Learning.

Mr. Hegarty led a hot-spots policing research project that was recognized with the 2013 IACP/Sprint Bronze Award for Excellence in Policing Research, and he is a 2014 inductee of the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy. He has published works in The Police Chief magazine, Translational Criminology, Police Practice: An International Journal, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, and in the National Academy Associate magazine. He has also been a conference speaker for the IACP, the Southern Police Institute, and the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy. Mr. Hegarty earned his MBA from Benedictine College where received the Lawrence E. Hart Eagle Award for Academic Excellence. He has a BA from Washburn University and held a European Management Residency in Entrepreneurship and Business, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.