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Wichita State University, the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County officially announced plans for a new Law Enforcement Training Center on Tuesday.

The $9.5 million state-of-the-art facility will be located on WSU’s Innovation Campus. It will include training space and classrooms for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, the Wichita Police Department, and the WSU's criminal justice program.

Chief Gordon Ramsey of the WPD says a training partnership between the city and county has existed for more than 30 years.

Eleven public safety departments in south-central Kansas are hiring, and they’re hoping to fill open positions through a job fair on Wednesday.

The Wichita Workforce Center is hosting the first joint job fair for public safety careers. 

There’s a need for more police officers, firefighters and first responders throughout the region. Wichita Police Deputy Chief Troy Livingston says the department also needs to fill positions beyond law enforcement.

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Members of the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission met Tuesday morning to discuss the location of a new, shared law enforcement training center. The current facility is housed in a former elementary school, and city officials say the space is too small and outdated.

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Sedgwick County and City of Wichita officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss plans for a joint law enforcement training center.

County commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday to pursue a meeting with the city to go over four proposals and the evaluation process.

The county’s Bid Board is recommending that the training facility be built on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The estimated cost would be $9.5 million dollars.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners are putting off a decision on a new law enforcement training center for at least another week.

The commissioners want to hold a special meeting with the City of Wichita to go over the broader issue of public safety partnerships before they decide on a proposal for a new law enforcement training center.

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Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita are facing a May 18 deadline for finalizing an agreement for a new law enforcement training center.

The county commissioners are set to take up the issue at their Wednesday meeting.

The county’s bid board is recommending the commissioners accept a proposal to build a new law enforcement training center on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The facility would replace the current center, a former elementary school on West 37th Street North that’s more than 30 years old and wasn’t meeting training needs.

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The City of Wichita has announced a plan to help keep the Old Town entertainment district safe at night and on weekends.

The Wichita Police Department says violent crime in Old Town has decreased since 2012, but city officials say work still needs to be done. Mayor Jeff Longwell debuted recommendations for keeping the area safe.

“Some of the changes we’re making that we think will help provide a little bit better environment for everyone down there is allowing the hiring of off-duty officers,” Longwell says.

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The City of Wichita is looking into the possibility of building a new law enforcement training center on Wichita State University’s campus.

Currently, both the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County train their officers at an aging facility on the northwest side of Wichita. They’ve been looking to build a new building for years.

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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell gave his first State of the City address Thursday.

Unlike past addresses, this one was released in the form of an 11-minute video shot at various locations around Wichita, including Wichita State University’s under-construction Innovation Campus and downtown’s Pop-Up Park.

In the video, Longwell touts what he considers the city’s successes in 2015 and outlines goals for the coming year. Highlights from last year include:

-The opening of the new terminal and parking garage at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport;

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Wichita’s new police chief Gordon Ramsay started this week, and he says he initially plans on spending much of his time listening to the community.

Ramsay says some of his top priorities as chief of the Wichita Police Department will be recruiting new officers, developing relationships in the community and gathering analytics to map out areas of concern.

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