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Juvenile Intervention Unit

The Wichita Police Department (WPD), in collaboration with Sedgwick County Juvenile Services, has created a WPD Juvenile Intervention Unit (JIU).

Youth who offend at a young age are more likely to become chronic and violent offenders as they age, and the best opportunity to intervene is as early as possible. Therefore, two JIU officers work daily in the community building relationships with area youth and youth providers.

Because the first contact is often the police, we are in a position to be the most helpful. JIU staff coordinate with child welfare groups, schools, treatment providers, and youth organizations to more effectively help Wichita’s youth. The focus of this specialized team is to proactively address youth involved in gangs and illegal behavior.

The team uses established practices such as focused deterrence, diversion, and restorative justice to keep youth out of the criminal justice system and onto positive paths by increasing their access to service providers in our community.

Juvenile Intervention Unit Referral Form

The Wichita Police Department (WPD), in collaboration with Sedgwick County Juvenile Services, has created a WPD Juvenile Intervention Unit (JIU).

Youth who offend at a young age are more likely to become chronic and violent offenders as they age, and the best opportunity to intervene is as early as possible. Therefore, two JIU officers work daily in the community building relationships with area youth and youth providers.

Because the first contact is often the police, we are in a position to be the most helpful. JIU staff coordinate with child welfare groups, schools, treatment providers, and youth organizations to more effectively help Wichita’s youth. The focus of this specialized team is to proactively address youth involved in gangs and illegal behavior.

The team uses established practices such as focused deterrence, diversion, and restorative justice to keep youth out of the criminal justice system and onto positive paths by increasing their access to service providers in our community.

Juvenile Intervention Unit Referral Form

Meet the Officers

Officer Jorge Avendano

JAvendano@wichita.gov
P: 268-4191

Officer Alex “Avi” Avendaño has been serving the City of Wichita since 2006 as a Wichita Police Officer. Officer Avi is fluent in Spanish and spent most of his career patrolling 48 beat, which is located in the north neighborhoods of Wichita. His primary focus was gangs, drugs, prostitution, and club licensing. Throughout his years working with the department, he assisted several teams within the department as well as many surrounding agencies such as SCAT, Gang, ATF, DEA, and Narcotics.

During his career as a patrol officer, he received several awards including two Bronze Wreaths of Merit and Officer of the Month. In 2018, he was assigned to West High School as a School Resource Officer, where his passion for helping our community’s youth evolved. Officer Avi is committed to helping youth avoid incarceration, achieve their goals, and live a more positive lifestyle.

Currently, Officer Avi is assigned to the Juvenile Intervention Unit. He recently created a YouTube channel and is active on social media to create positive interactions, educate the community, and inform the youth. He is hopeful that through sharing his life lessons and experiences he will be able to positively influence young adults.

Officer Donielle Watson

DWatson@wichita.gov
P: 268-4191

Donielle Watson is an 18-year member of the Wichita Police Department (WPD). Watson has served as a patrol officer, special community action team member (SCAT), community policing specialist, gang intelligence officer, Violent Crimes Response Team and is currently assigned to the Juvenile Intervention Unit which he helped create. Watson has received numerous awards for his gang prevention and community engagement initiatives in 2019, where he assisted with developing a gang prevention video and website providing necessary resources to at-risk youth and parents. Awards include recognition from the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations (NAGIA), KGIA, the Crime Prevention Officer of the Year from the Wichita Crime Commission 2019, and a finalist for Officer of the year from the Wichita Police Department in 2020. Officer Watson's passion is working with youth and the community. It is his mission to give back to the community that gave so much to him!

Wichita Police Department
Gang Unit

455 N Main • Wichita, KS 67202

P: (316) 268-4156
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