Wichita Police Department

Ark Valley Fire Buff / flickr Creative Commons

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.

Wichita Police Department Facebook

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.

Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County / Facebook

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
lesslethal.com

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.

WPD Facebook/File

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.

The Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office plan to work together to investigate charges of officer-involved criminal conduct. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the agencies will investigate each other when members of either department are accused of a crime. So, if a Wichita police officer allegedly commits a crime, the sheriff's office will conduct the investigation and vice versa.

In the past, a criminal complaint would have been assigned to each agency's own investigation department.

Tex Texin / flickr Creative Commons

Updated Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m.: The Wichita Police Department has identified the injured officer as 25-year WPD veteran Brian Arterburn. Officials say Arterburn's condition has improved since Tuesday when he had emergency surgery at Via Christi St. Francis. He sustained injuries to his chest, abdomen and brain.  

In a news release, the WPD thanked the community for its continued support. 

SDOT Photos / flickr Creative Commons

The Wichita Police Department is asking for the public’s help to monitor handicap accessible parking spots throughout the city.

The department is recruiting 40 volunteers—10 for each bureau—for its Accessible Parking Program. Volunteers will let police know when they see someone park illegally in spots reserved for people with disabilities, or in areas that block access zones. A sergeant could issue a ticket, which carries a fine of up to $100.

WPD Lt. James Espinoza said Tuesday that volunteers are performing an important civic duty.

Ark Valley Fire Buff / flickr Creative Commons

The Wichita City Council approved plans Tuesday to study the police department’s needs as it prepares to build a new station.

The Wichita Police Department is planning to build a new facility to replace its aging Patrol East substation near Kellogg and Edgemoor. It was built in 1989 for about 40 people—now, 140 people work there, Chief Gordon Ramsay told council members.

The city’s Capital Improvement Program includes more than $2 million for a new facility. $125,000 of that will be used to first study how to design a modern police station.

Uber Offering Free Rides Through Partnership With WPD

Dec 29, 2016
Nadya Faulx / KMUW

A partnership between the ride-sharing service Uber and the Wichita Police Department is offering first-time Uber users a free ride or discount of up to $20 through New Year's Eve.  The promotion began on Tuesday, Dec. 27, with the goal of reducing the number of holiday DUIs.

Pages