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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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The Wichita Police Department has announced Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley is retiring at the end of January.

Mosley began his career with the Wichita Police Department 29 years ago as a police recruit, according to city officials.

He would eventually become deputy chief in 2009 and interim police chief after Norman Williams retired in 2014.

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The City Law Department on Monday presented findings and recommendations from a review of the Wichita Police Department's policy and practice involving limited access files.

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The City of Wichita has hired its new police chief.

City Manager Robert Layton named Duluth, Minn., Police Chief Gordon Ramsay as the new police chief Friday morning, a little more than two weeks after he was named a finalist in the search.

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Mayor Jeff Longwell says both candidates for police chief are still in the running, but that the city is close to making a decision. The position has been vacant since September of last year.

The two candidates spoke at a public forum on Monday night. Gordon Ramsay, who is currently the police chief of Duluth, Minn., said it’s critically important to reduce the use of lethal force in modern policing.

Jeffrey Spivey, who is assistant police chief in Irving, Texas, talked about changing a popular mindset. He wants his officers to be seen as guardians in their communities, not aggressors.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said during his weekly mayoral address that the city is still considering the two candidates, but that they’re close to making a job offer.

“There’s a couple of steps that we have to get finished before we finalize any kind of offer or contract. Both are great candidates and we think we’ll end up with a good police chief," Longwell said.

Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley has headed Wichita’s police department since Norman Williams retired after more than 14 years at the helm.

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Original story aired Dec. 15, 2015, during Morning Edition: Public Hears From Wichita Police Chief Candidates At Community Forum

The two finalists in the latest search for the next chief of the Wichita Police Department answered questions at a public forum Monday night. The candidates were questioned about goals for the next five years, the militarization of police, and their thoughts on the need for a citizen's review board.

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The Wichita Police Department has announced it will not meet its year-end goal of equipping every field officer with a body-worn camera.

The city is waiting on $250,000 in matching funds from a federal grant that helps cities expand body camera programs.

“Once the funding is available, we can move forward with purchasing the remaining cameras,” Wichita Police Chief Nelson Mosley stated in a release.

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The City of Wichita has narrowed down its latest search for a new police chief to two candidates.

The two finalists are Gordon Ramsay, police chief in Duluth, Minn., and Jeffrey Spivey, assistant police chief in Irving, Tex., City Manager Robert Layton announced Friday.

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