In the last five years, we have actively sought to build upon ongoing dialogue around WPD policy and procedures. As a result of that dialogue, we have already implemented many significant policing reforms, including:
Fully implemented body cameras for all patrol officers and sergeants.
Renewed focus on diversity in the recruitment of police officers to the department.
Implemented duty to intervene training for all commissioned officers.
Significant changes made to how we interact with youth in gangs to better communicate and prevent gang involvement.
Regular meetings with the public to address concerns residents have with police-related issues.
Response changes to suicide threats with a weapon and suicide-by-cop incidents.
External investigation by another police agency for possible police criminal misconduct.
Refocus school resource officers (SRO) on coaching and mentoring and diverting youth from the criminal justice system.
Partnering with schools on restorative justice training for SROs.
Tripled the number of crisis negotiators since 2016 and trained 90 staff members on crisis negotiation to de-escalate and reduce need for use of force.
Significantly reduced the number of incarcerated youth.
Focused on using discretion for low-level traffic offenses and introduced warning tickets.
Added a focused deterrence program focusing on individuals most likely to be involved in violent crime and provided them resources through community partnerships.
Partnered with "See Something, Say Something" grassroots effort to help reduce community gun violence. A tip line is monitored by area clergy to intervene or collect tips on violent crime.
Partnered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters to have officers participating in "Bigs in Blue" where officers meet and mentor youth.
Changed policy to cite and release for possession of marijuana versus jailing.
Partnered with Wichita schools for police officer reading-to-kids programs.
Created a "God Squad" consisting of African-American leaders of faith to share information and build partnerships in the community.
Co-founded the Youth Advocacy Coalition to create partnerships with community organizations that help Wichita's youth in an effort to help children curb violence, break the cycle of generational poverty, and improve their quality of life.