How to Report
Call 911. If you are a witness to a crime that is in progress, immediately call 911. Most crimes in progress are considered an emergency because a person or property is in danger. Under no circumstances should you put yourself in danger by approaching or chasing a suspect. Many times a suspect may be under the influence of drugs, intoxicated, or mentally impaired by other means and may have no regard for an innocent bystander or witness, particularly if this person has a weapon. Also, if you want an officer to come to your location for any reason, you will need to call 911. Officers can only be dispatched via 911 and the Sedgwick County dispatchers.
Some cases that do not require an officer to come to your location can be made over the phone. This saves officers time and keeps them available for higher-priority calls. To make a report over the phone, please call the case desk at 316-268-4221. Cases that can be made over the phone do not have any evidence to collect, do not have a suspect on the scene, and do not need an officer to prevent a crime from occurring. Examples of cases that can be made over the phone include:
- Auto thefts without suspect information or evidence
- Gas run-offs
- Disorderly conduct reports
- Larceny reports without evidence
- Lost property reports
- Vandalism reports
Reports can also be made at any of the patrol substations. Each one is open from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and the contact information for each one is listed in the following:
Patrol East Bureau
350 S Edgemoor
Wichita, KS 67218
Patrol North Bureau
3015 E 21st Street N
Wichita, KS 67214
Patrol South Bureau
211 E Pawnee
Wichita, KS 67211
Patrol West Bureau
661 N Elder
Wichita, KS 67212
Traffic problems such as street/traffic lights out, street signs missing, or potholes and pavement can be emailed to Traffic or call 316-268-4013. If a traffic light is out, please include the intersection or address that it is at and the pole number if possible. The pole number is in black and white and will be in the following format: A12345.
You can also use an online form to report street/traffic maintenance, stormwater maintenance, sewer maintenance, and water maintenance.
Visit the Report an Issue page for more details.
If you have direct knowledge of a wanted person's location, call 911 or any local law enforcement agency. Be prepared for the operator to ask you to provide as much information about the wanted person, and how you know they are wanted. Never attempt to apprehend a wanted person, they may be armed and dangerous.
Anonymous crime tips are handled through Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County.
You can also submit a crime tip to the Wichita Police Department through the All Crimes Tip Form.
The Wichita Police Department is committed to rewarding its members for commendable performance. The Department recognizes its members who receive citizen praise for their performance through Commendable Performance Reports and other awards. These commendations become part of the employee's personnel file. If you wish to commend a member of the Wichita Police Department for a "job well done," you may either call that member's supervisor, write a letter to the Chief of Police, or send an email to the Wichita Police Department.
Employees of the Wichita Police Department take great pride in their work, and they appreciate the gratitude expressed by citizens.
Citizens having a complaint about any member of the Wichita Police Department are encouraged to first contact that member's Bureau Commander or immediate supervisor. Most complaints can be resolved by the supervisor, who will determine the appropriate action to be taken after investigating the complaint. If the complaint is of a more serious nature, the supervisor will take an initial statement from the complainant and refer the matter to the Professional Standards Bureau for a formal investigation.
Citizens wishing to make a complaint directly to the Professional Standards Bureau should call 316-268-4256 to make an appointment. Complaints to Professional Standards are generally taken in person. A representative of the Professional Standards Bureau will meet with you privately and conduct a taped interview. A complaint affidavit will also be completed, to document the facts of the complaint and allegations. The complaint will then be investigated by the Bureau, and the results will be forwarded to the Chief of Police. A letter will be sent to notify you of the findings of the investigation.
Citizens are encouraged to make complaints of inappropriate behavior or misconduct by any member of the Wichita Police Department; however, all complaints must be made in good faith. Your complaint will be received in a professional manner, and you will be expected to conduct yourself the same way. Unruly or inappropriate behavior on your part will not be tolerated. Should the investigation determine that the person or persons acting as complainants or witnesses made statements during the course of the investigation that he/she knew to be false, the Department may pursue criminal charges against the person or persons. Civil action against an untruthful complainant may also be pursued by the employee who is the subject of a false complaint.
Visit the Professional Standards page for more details.