Wichita Police Department

The Wichita Police Department last week unveiled a new mobile app that should help the police connect with residents.

The free app can be used to get timely updates from the department, and send tips and complaints to police.

Officer Charlie Davidson: “Citizens can share information with us, which can help us find lost juveniles, find lost adults, find criminals," said WPD Officer Charley Davidson.

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The Wichita Police Department has launched a campaign to discourage residents from giving money to panhandlers. The department released a video this week outlining other ways to help people in need.

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Wichita City Council members heard the results of a new police department staffing report Tuesday.

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The Wichita Police Department on Tuesday will launch a city-wide effort to remove cars left on the street, which they say are a safety hazard for drivers and pedestrians.

Vehicles parked on the street for 48 hours, inoperable cars and trucks, stored trailers and vehicles without current tags will be targeted in the sweep. WPD officers will mark cars with bright green impound tags on Tuesday; owners then have until Thursday to move their cars or they’ll be towed.

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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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The Wichita Police Department will be providing officers with new blue uniforms. The new look was unveiled Thursday morning.

Wichita Police officers have worn tan uniforms for more than 90 years. Now, they’ll be wearing navy blue.

Capt. Brian White said at the announcement that they’re making the switch to give officers better options with fit and function.

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The Wichita Police Department is adding a motorcycle unit to help improve traffic safety.

Wichita City Council approved a grant request at its meeting on Tuesday.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says among the state’s largest cities, Wichita had one of the highest rates of traffic crashes and accidents that resulted in deaths.

So the agency has offered a grant of $300,000 to the Wichita Police Department.

Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler says the grant will pay for eight police motorcycles and related equipment.

Fallen K9 Honored By Wichita Police Department

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Authorities from across Kansas gathered on Friday to remember a Wichita police dog killed earlier this month.

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The Wichita Police Department has released more information about an officer-involved shooting over the weekend that left a man and a police dog dead.

At a news briefing, Chief of Police Gordon Ramsay identified the dead man as 25-year-old Kevin C. Perry.

Ramsay says officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a home on west MacArthur, when Perry exited the residence. That's when the canine officer, named Rooster, was sent after the suspect to stop him from re-entering the home. 

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Roads, bars, and restaurants in Wichita will be busy this afternoon and evening, not only because of St. Patrick's Day, but also because KU, K-State and Wichita State are all scheduled to play in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

At a news briefing this morning, Sgt. Nikki Woodrow with Wichita Police Department encouraged everyone to be safe, and to avoid drinking and driving.