Wichita Police Department

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The Wichita Police Department is investigating a potential dog-fighting ring after seizing three pit bulls from a residence in central Wichita yesterday.

Police took the dogs, along with a rabbit, to the animal shelter after coming across evidence of possible dog fighting at a home near 13th and Chautauqua. They were in the area investigating a separate crime. No arrests have been made.

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Wichita Police officers will be making the rounds in neighborhoods next month to deliver books.

The Building Bridges Through Books program is a partnership between the Wichita Police Department and Watermark Books and Café.

Police officers will drop off free books for all ages with a family and then follow up a few weeks later with a community gathering and book discussion.

Watermark owner Sarah Bagby says the officers will be reading the books as well.

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The City of Wichita could consider a tax increase to fund new positions in the Wichita Police Department.

A staffing study out earlier this year recommended a total of 73 new positions for the police force, including patrol officers and support staff.

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The Wichita Police Department is reaching out to parents and guardians whose kids are involved in gangs.

Letters went out earlier this week alerting parents that their children are on the city’s list of documented gang members.

Lt. Jeff Gilmore, with the WPD’s gang unit, said they sent a total of 74 letters.

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On Sunday, the Wichita Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man involved in what they call a terroristic threat.

The Wichita Police Department last week unveiled a new mobile app that should help the police connect with residents.

The free app can be used to get timely updates from the department, and send tips and complaints to police.

Officer Charlie Davidson: “Citizens can share information with us, which can help us find lost juveniles, find lost adults, find criminals," said WPD Officer Charley Davidson.

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The Wichita Police Department has launched a campaign to discourage residents from giving money to panhandlers. The department released a video this week outlining other ways to help people in need.

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Wichita City Council members heard the results of a new police department staffing report Tuesday.

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The Wichita Police Department on Tuesday will launch a city-wide effort to remove cars left on the street, which they say are a safety hazard for drivers and pedestrians.

Vehicles parked on the street for 48 hours, inoperable cars and trucks, stored trailers and vehicles without current tags will be targeted in the sweep. WPD officers will mark cars with bright green impound tags on Tuesday; owners then have until Thursday to move their cars or they’ll be towed.

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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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