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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

Mar 31, 2017
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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.

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A Wichita Police officer who was injured last month when he was struck by a vehicle was transferred to a rehab facility on Monday.

Officer Brian Arterburn, a 25-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department, will continue his recovery at Craig Hospital, a rehabilitation center in Englewood, Colorado that specializes in traumatic brain injuries. He flew out of Wichita Monday morning.

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Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is transitioning to a new software system for community members to submit anonymous crime tips.

The P-3 Intel software allows people to send in tips by phone, web, and through a mobile app called P-3 Tips. Images, videos and documents can also be submitted.

An ID and password will be given to tipsters to log in to the website to submit follow-up information and speak to law enforcement while still remaining anonymous.

Wichita Police Training With Less-Lethal Weapons

Mar 1, 2017
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The Wichita Police Department is training officers on the use of less-lethal weapons in certain situations.

The ALSTAC-40 weapon system recently purchased by the department shoots a foam or sponge-like round, rather than a bullet. The WPD currently has four of the 40-millimeter launchers, with four additional units on backorder.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said during a briefing Wednesday that the foam rounds have been in the testing stage at the department for about a year. He said 60 supervisors within the WPD are trained to use the weapons.

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The Wichita Police Department is conducting an internal investigation that possibly involves misconduct by department members.

According to Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, the case is the result of a criminal investigation being conducted by another law enforcement agency.

"Two police officers have been placed on administrative review pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigation," he said during a press briefing Tuesday.

Ramsay said he plans to be transparent and keep the media and community informed as the investigation progresses.

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