The Wichita Police Department (WPD) will hire eight new officers in 2011 after receiving two grants from the Department of Justice, Police Chief Norman Williams announced today. The federal grants from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) total about $1.6 million, covering salary and benefits for entry-level officers over three years.
The eight new officers will be part of the January 2011 recruit class. They are scheduled to graduate next June. They’ll be assigned to the Field Services Division, which is responsible for front-line police officers.
“These funds will help provide resources for the Police Department to proactively respond to our growing community,” Williams said. “Crime rate is the top quality-of-life concern for residents. The funds will help the department respond quickly to crime trends that affect neighborhoods across Wichita.”
Specifically, the COPS Hiring grant totals $1.4 million and the COPS Hiring Recovery Program grant totals more than $204,000. These funds will enable the department to continue Community Policing which encourages collaborative crime-fighting efforts between police, residents and community groups. The grants also support the City Council’s adopted goal to provide a safe and secure community.