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Meet the Command Staff
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  • Robert S. Lausten

Biography
Robert S. “Bob” Lausten was appointed Chief of Police in May of 2002. Lausten has 29 years of law enforcement experience, the past 23 in La Vista. Bob is a graduate from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Bob began his career in 1983 with the Texas Department of Corrections and then relocated to Southern California.

He graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy and worked from 1984-1990 with the Los Angeles School Police Department. Lausten is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy (252) and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (111).

Lausten was appointed by the Governor in 2008 to the Police Standards Advisory Council (PSAC) and in 2012 to the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. Bob has also served on the Board of Directors for the Omaha Police Federal Credit Union since 2002.

Dee J BarcalOperations Division Commander
  • Dee J Barcal

Biography
Dee J. “D. J.” Barcal was promoted to the rank of Captain in December of 2004. Captain Barcal has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, the past 24 years in La Vista. He is a graduate of St. Johns University (Louisiana).

D.J. began his career in 1981 with the Crawford (NE) Police Department before entering the United States Air Force where he served as a Security Police (Law Enforcement) Specialist.

After being honorably discharged in 1985, he began work as a Corrections Officer with the Douglas County Department of Corrections. D.J. began working with the La Vista Police Department in 1987 and left to accept a position as a Trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol in 1991.

He returned to the La Vista Police Department in 1993 and has served in the positions of Detective and Uniform Patrol Bureau Sergeant. Barcal is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy (226) and the Northwestern University School of Police Supervision.

Responsibilities
The Police Operations Captain is responsible for supervising the day to day operations of the Uniform Patrol and Special Enforcement Bureaus.

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  • Bryan D. Waugh

Biography
Bryan D. Waugh was promoted to the rank of Captain in July of 2014. Captain Waugh has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, the past 16 years in La Vista. He is a graduate of Bellevue University and Metropolitan Community College.

Bryan is originally from West Virginia and began his career in 1993 after entering the United States Air Force where he served as a Security Police (Law Enforcement) Specialist, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue NE.

After being honorably discharged in 1997, Bryan began working with the La Vista Police Department and graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in March 1998.

He has served in numerous assignments to include Uniform Police Officer, Narcotics Detective, General Crime Detective, SWAT Operator, Motorcycle Officer, Uniform Patrol Bureau Sergeant and Special Enforcement Bureau Sergeant. Waugh is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Supervision and a primary candidate for the FBI National Academy, session 263.

Responsibilities
The Police Operations Captain is responsible for supervising the day to day operations of the Uniform Patrol and Special Enforcement Bureaus.


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  • Jeremy E. Kinsey

Biography
Jeremy E. Kinsey was promoted to the rank of Captain in July 2014. Kinsey has 24 years of Law Enforcement experience, the past 20 years with La Vista PD, where he most recently served as the Detective Sergeant in charge of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Kinsey, a native of the California Bay Area, began his journey in law enforcement as a teen while he served as a Police Explorer in his hometown of Novato (CA). He began his career in Law Enforcement Specialist in the United States Air Force, which brought him to Nebraska.

Captain Kinsey has held positions in Patrol and the Detective Bureau and has performed duties as a patrolman, detective, training officer, bike patrol officer, DARE officer, hostage/crisis negotiator, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander and member of the Metro Fugitive Task Force.

Captain Kinsey is a graduate of Bellevue University and is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Supervision, IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program and the Creighton University Supervisory Leadership Program.

Kinsey was recently elected to the Papillion-La Vista Board of Education and has served on numerous other boards in the community.

Responsibilities
The Administrative Services Division Captain is responsible for the day to day operations of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Police Records Unit and the Property and Evidence Unit.