Wichita Police Department

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The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at the Wichita State University has finished their assessment of the Wichita Police Department. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has this report...

The 227-page report focused on the themes of communication training, technology, recruitment and community relations.

Misty Bruckner, director of the Center for Urban Studies, said that when considering racial profiling, recommendations were to have hands on training.

Authorities Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Jan 6, 2015
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Authorities are continuing an investigation into the death of a Wichita man who was shot and killed by police Saturday night. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

In a written statement outlining the shooting, Wichita Police Chief Nelson Mosley says there are still several questions that need to be answered.

Sean Sandefur

 

The City of Wichita held a second meeting on police and community relations on Wednesday night. The meeting was held at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. 

The turnout was smaller and the tone less agitated than the first meeting held back in August.

City officials described Wednesday night as a progress report. 

WSU Holds Safety Forum

Nov 18, 2014
Abigail Wilson

Students, faculty and members of the Wichita community attended a safety forum held at Wichita State University on Tuesday. A panel of representatives from the Wichita and WSU Police Departments answered questions and provided on and off-campus safety information in response to an attack near campus last week. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Sean Sandefur

A public discussion was held in Wichita last month called "No Ferguson Here." It was a local response to the shooting of an unarmed young black man in Ferguson Missouri. Wichita City officials and community members came together to discuss racial tensions in their own communities. Wednesday night, that discussion continued with a program of music and prayer at St. Mark United Methodist Church. 

Sean Sandefur

On Sept. 4, KMUW aired a story about policing in Sedgwick County. We took a look at military equipment acquired through the federal government's 1033 program, including a newly acquired armored vehicle. The following story also focuses on policing in Wichita. 

The Military Equipment of Sedgwick County

Sep 4, 2014
Sean Sandefur

Over three weeks ago protestors flooded the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. The events brought the city’s race relations to the forefront—but it also brought into question local law enforcement’s use of military equipment. Since 1997, the federal government has distributed over $5 billion worth of military surplus. Equipment like armored vehicles can now be found in cities across the country, including Wichita.

Police Chief Norman Williams Retires

Aug 14, 2014
Sean Sandefur

  

A changing of the guard is coming to the Wichita Police Department, Chief Norman Williams announced his retirement on Thursday after a 39-year career with the force. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

After a career that oversaw the capture of the BTK serial killer and the arrests of more than 71 Neighborhood Crips gang members, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says he’s tired.

“The first thing I’m going to do is just relax, I’m not going to take phone calls at 3 o’clock in morning…someone else is going to do that,” Williams says.

The city of Wichita plans to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Suhani Bhakta, a 12-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a police patrol car in Feb. 2012.

A Kansas Highway Patrol investigation verified that the officer was speeding in a 30 mph zone and was not using lights or a siren when the accident occurred. The officer hit Bhakta as she ran across a road near her home. Police said the officer was following policy at the time and that a sports utility vehicle may have obstructed his view.

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