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Wichita Police Chief Invited To White House To Discuss Community Policing

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Abigail Wilson
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Chief Gordon Ramsay presents plans for a joint law enforcement training center at Wichita State University earlier this year.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been invited to the White House to participate in an event focused on community policing.

Officials with the City of Wichita say the invitation comes on the heels of discussions between area law enforcement and local activists who support the Black Lives Matter movement. Ramsay helped to organize the First Steps Cookout last weekend in an effort to unite the two groups in the wake of violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

The city says Ramsay had to decline the invitation from the White House due to a prior family commitment--he's the officiant at a wedding--but officials say he hopes to reschedule the visit and continue discussions surrounding community policing in Wichita.

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