Wichita Police Department

Government
5:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Follow-Up Meeting Held In Wichita Over Police And Community Relations

Ida Allen, whose brother was shot and killed by a Wichita police officer in July, addresses city officials at a forum on Wednesday night. From left, Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley, Mayor Carl Brewer and City Manager Bob Layton. Also onstage were Pastor Junius Dotson of Saint Mark United Methodist Church and Pastor Kevass Harding of Dellrose United Methodist Church
Credit 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. 

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Crime and Courts
4:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

WSU Holds Safety Forum

Authorities talk to a full auditorium at WSU about on and off-campus safety.
Credit 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…

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Crime and Courts
8:43 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Event Reveals Body Cameras Coming To All Wichita Police Officers

About a hundred people gathered at St. Mark United Methodist in Wichita on Wednesday night to pray for peace in communities across the country. The event carried the same "No Ferguson Here" theme established at Wichita East High School last month.
Credit 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. 

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Community
11:22 am
Fri September 5, 2014

"No Ferguson Here," A Community Discussion in Wichita

After speaking to panelists at the "No Ferguson Here" meeting, a man shouts to the crowd.
Credit Sean Sandefur

On Sept. 5, KMUW aired a story about policing in Sedgwick County, we took a look at a military equipment acquired through the federal government's 1033 program, including a newly acquired armored vehicle.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

The Military Equipment of Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County's MRAP armored vehicle has been in service for four months
Credit 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.

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Community
3:53 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Police Chief Norman Williams Retires

Police Chief Norman Williams announces his retirement.
Credit 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.

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Crime and Courts
8:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Wichita Will Pay $300,000 To Family Of Girl Hit By Patrol Car

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.