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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. 

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 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.

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The Wichita Police Department says it’s going to increase its recruiting efforts as part of a recommendation made by an organizational assessment released last year.

The assessment from the Hugo Wall School at Wichita State University recommended the department focus on recruiting after it saw a decrease in applicants.

Speaking at the mayor's briefing Thursday, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said he’d like to see candidates with experience in fields outside of law enforcement.

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Advocates for Medicaid expansion in Kansas are focusing on a new issue in their final push before next week’s election: They’re selling expansion as a way to address the state’s mental health crisis and the public safety concerns it’s giving rise to.

It’s no secret that the mental health system in Kansas is strained almost to the breaking point.

State hospitals are at capacity. And after suffering millions of dollars in budget cuts, community mental health centers are struggling to maintain services.

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The Wichita Police Department has received a federal grant from the Department of Justice to hire more community policing officers.

The community policing grant worth $875,000 will go toward hiring six new WPD officers and one supervisor.

Chief Gordon Ramsay says the officers will focus on problem locations along the Broadway corridor, particularly around motels and commercial areas there.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been in the limelight a lot during his eight months on the job. Ramsay is committed to being a visible, responsive and involved leader addressing concerns and challenges head-on. KMUW’s Abigail Beckman spoke with Ramsay and has this sound portrait in which the chief shares his candid thoughts on the direction he’s leading the department as well as the issues facing policing today.

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The Wichita Police Department gave an update Thursday on its efforts to implement the recommendations laid out in an extensive assessment released last year. A major focus for the department has been improving the relationship with the community.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been invited to the White House to participate in an event focused on community policing.

Officials with the City of Wichita say the invitation comes on the heels of discussions between area law enforcement and local activists who support the Black Lives Matter movement. Ramsay helped to organize the First Steps Cookout last weekend in an effort to unite the two groups in the wake of violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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A wide cross-section of the Wichita community munched down hamburgers and hotdogs while visiting with members of law enforcement Sunday night at the First Step Cookout.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay suggested the event after local activist A.J. Bohannon told him he was planning a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bohannan says the killings in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning made the local event that much more important in bringing the community together.

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