Wichita Police Department

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The Wichita Police Department made more than 900 arrests in June and July as part of an effort targeting violent offenders.

Law enforcement officials discussed the effort, called Operation Triple Beam, during a news conference on Monday afternoon.

Out of the 900 arrests, U.S. Marshal Rod Miller said more than 500 led to felony charges.

"These are individuals that were priority cases ... individuals who were wanted and then the resources came together to be able to find these people," Miller said.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay testified in a newly released deposition that he was so concerned about the fairness of internal department probes of police shootings in Wichita that he removed the high-ranking officers overseeing them and detectives conducting them.

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The Wichita Police Department is emphasizing gun safety education to reduce the rising number of gun thefts happening throughout the community.

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Construction is set to start later this year on a new police station in east Wichita, after the city council approved the project Tuesday.

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An Ohio gamer pleaded guilty Wednesday for his involvement in a hoax emergency call that led to the shooting death of a Kansas man.

Casey Viner, 19, of North College Hill, changed his plea to guilty on federal charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He initially pleaded not guilty.

Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive Begins Today

Dec 17, 2018
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The annual Battle of the Badges blood drive starts today.

Sedgwick County first responders will compete to collect the most blood donations over the next two weeks. Donors can vote for either EMS, Fire or Law Enforcement when they give blood.

Wichita Fire Department Capt. Chris Fleming said the competition allows people to “give the gift of life” for the holidays. It also helps the American Red Cross during a traditionally slow time for blood donations.

Wichita To Install System That Detects Gunshots

Dec 7, 2018
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Wichita will launch a Gunshot Detection System next week, which can locate where gunfire occurs.

Acoustic sensors will be installed in unspecified locations across the city. Their locations were determined by crime data collected over the past three years and requests from residents.

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The City of Wichita and Wichita State University’s Diversity and Community Engagement office will host the Taking Action on Violence community meeting Thursday.

The event will allow the community to discuss concerns and solutions related to violent crime, says City Council member Brandon Johnson. Wichita has had 37 homicides so far this year.

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Law enforcement agencies throughout Kansas are increasing their patrols for impaired drivers the next few weeks.

The stepped up enforcement is part of a national traffic safety campaign called “You drink. You drive. You Lose.” Expect to see billboards and commercials with the message, too.

Officers will target drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Chris Bortz with the Kansas Department of Transportation says men under 34 are the biggest offenders.

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An off-duty Wichita police officer killed an intruder who had entered his home and threatened him with a gun, Chief Gordon Ramsay said Tuesday.

The officer also was shot, but has since been released from the hospital, Ramsay said. He identified the man killed as 24-year-old Christian Webb. Officials did not identify the officer.

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