Wichita police discuss ordinance to target problem properties

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay (Ashley Arnold, KSN reporter)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A group of Wichita residents have teamed up with the Wichita Police Department to try to curb crime along North Broadway.

On Monday night, the Historic Midtown Citizens Association held a special meeting with Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. Many of the residents said they have witnessed drug deals, prostitution and human trafficking near their homes.

The chief said one of the major changes he’d like to see is harsher penalties for landlords who manage problem properties. He said he and his staff are working with the city on a proposed ordinance that would allow them to fine landlords who repeatedly don’t follow the rules. The chief added that the public would be key in implementing the new tool.

“How we solve crime and how we make neighborhoods better is really in collaboration and when it is driven by neighbors that is when we have true success,” said Chief Ramsay.

Some neighbors said they were not in favor of the ordinance. They said it would only move problem properties to another area of town.

Chief Ramsay explained that the department has to start somewhere and that begins with enforcement.



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