Wichita and Shawnee police receive community policing grants

Wichita Police Department (KSN photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Police departments in Wichita and Shawnee have been chosen to receive Justice Department grants to pay for community policing officers.

The Wichita Police Department will receive $875,000 and the Shawnee Police Department will receive $625,000. The grants are part of $119 million the Justice Department’s Office of Community Policing Services is distributing nationally to 184 law enforcement agencies to create new or sustain existing community policing positions.

“Kansas is a leader in the drive to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” Beall said. “These funds will help us keep it that way.”

The announcement comes during the national observance of Community Policing Week. Community policing is a public safety philosophy based on partnership and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.

For more information see www.cops.usdoj.gov or read the 21st Century Policing Task Force Report here.

Beall will address community policing at 1 p.m. Wednesday when he speaks at the Kansas Peace Officers Association’s conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Airport, 2098 Airport Road in Wichita.