The Kansas Department of Revenue is conducting a security review after an employee was shot multiple times at the agency's taxation office in west Wichita.  

Report: Kansas Sees An Increase In Crime

Aug 10, 2017
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation released its crime index report for 2016 and overall, crime in the state is increasing.

Violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and battery increased by 4.2 percent in the state over the past year. The 2015 numbers were already 11.2 percent higher than the year before that.

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Several police departments in south-central Kansas are taking a proactive step toward reducing crime in their communities: They've started using a social media campaign called the “9 p.m. Routine."

Every night at 9 p.m. police departments in Andover, Arkansas City and McPherson take to Facebook or Twitter to remind people to lock their homes and cars, remove valuables, and close garage doors.

Lt. Ben Graber of the Andover Police Department says the nightly reminders are an easy way to help reduce crimes of opportunity.

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On Sunday, the Wichita Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man involved in what they call a terroristic threat.

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Due to an uptick in car break-ins, the Wichita Police Department is warning gun owners to be vigilant when storing a firearm in their vehicles.

Wichita police say so far this year, thieves have stolen 78 guns out of cars throughout the city.

The break-ins have happened in retail parking lots, along city streets and in home driveways.

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says if you have to leave a gun in a vehicle, take extra precaution.

"Have a lock box, have that extra safety measure, have a lock around your gun – that could be a major deterrent," she says.

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A huge majority of Kansans say that the penalties for most nonviolent drug possession crimes should be reduced.

The ACLU poll shows that 86 percent of Kansans either strongly support, or somewhat support, reducing all nonviolent drug possession from felonies to misdemeanors as a way to reduce the prison population in the state.

Kansas prisons are at about 101 percent capacity, and six out of ten respondents say they would rather reduce the population rather than build new prisons.

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The Wichita Police Department has introduced a “facility dog” to help bring a calming atmosphere to victims of crimes. Laddy the yellow lab has already been in service for a week.

The Wichita Police Department reported more than 2,300 incidents of violent crime last year. They hope that Laddy, as well as his human partner, Michele Blunck, can provide a bit of relief to those affected by such crime. The two are part of the Victims Assistance Unit, which administers emotional, cognitive and physical support for victims.

NAACP, Local Leaders Speak Out Against Recent Violence

Aug 11, 2015
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Leaders from around the city spoke out Tuesday afternoon about three shootings that left four people dead in the past few days.

All of the shootings took place in northeast Wichita between Saturday morning and late Monday, including a Wichita State student killed in the parking lot of a dorm on the WSU campus. Three people were killed in two separate shootings Monday afternoon.

A budget proposed by Sedgwick County officials that includes millions of dollars worth of funding cuts continues to affect the city’s budget talks.

County officials have recommended cutting over $500,000 in funding for the Sedgwick County Day Reporting Center, which offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent, low-level criminals. The program also offers counseling and substance abuse treatment.

Wichita Police: Despite Homicide Rate, Crime Is Down

Feb 25, 2015
Abigail Wilson

During a daily media briefing, The Wichita Police Department discussed 2014 from the perspective of law enforcement. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that the city's overall crime rate is down, but certain crimes, like homicide, are on the rise.

Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley said that according to statistics, Part 1 crimes have decreased 2.64 percent in the past year. Crimes within that designation include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft.