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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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The Wichita Police Department has introduced a “facility dog” to help bring a calming atmosphere to victims of crimes. Laddy the yellow lab has already been in service for a week.

The Wichita Police Department reported more than 2,300 incidents of violent crime last year. They hope that Laddy, as well as his human partner, Michele Blunck, can provide a bit of relief to those affected by such crime. The two are part of the Victims Assistance Unit, which administers emotional, cognitive and physical support for victims.

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An alternative to a protest in support of Black Lives Matter took place at McAdams Park in Wichita on Sunday: a cookout uniting hundreds in the Wichita community with law enforcement officers. It was an effort to get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay thought of the idea and local activist AJ Bohannon agreed to co-host. KMUW’s Carla Eckels was there at the First Steps Community Cookout and caught up with some of the folks attending.

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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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Events surrounding the Summer of Justice start tomorrow in Wichita, marking the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy, when mass demonstrations led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside of local clinics that provide abortion services.

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The Wichita Police Department and protestors who support the Black Lives Matter movement will host what they're calling a "First Steps" cookout for the community this Sunday at McAdams Park.

The idea of the barbecue came after local activist A.J. Bohannon lead a protest in northeast Wichita Tuesday seeking police reform. Bohannon says Police Chief Gordon Ramsay initiated the cookout after listening to concerns.

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Wichita’s mayor and police chief are offering sympathy and support to the Dallas law enforcement community following last night’s deadly police ambush at a peaceful rally over recent police-involved shootings of two African-American men.

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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 Ramsay 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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