Wichita police chief: $875K grant to focus on crime along Broadway

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay on Tuesday talked about the $875,000 grant the department received Monday from the Justice Department. The grant will help pay for community policing officers. It is something the department has been focusing on since Ramsay arrived in Wichita earlier this year.

“I want to bring the department back to more community-oriented policing,” said Ramsay. “We have been working hard to highlight things that happen within this department over the last eight or nine months.”

Ramsay said the grant will be used to hire seven officers. The grant was written to focus on the Broadway corridor. It is an area the chief said was a focus in the 1990s, but it wasn’t sustained.

“We are going to take another bite at this apple and assign these officers down in the Broadway corridor area and problem locations,” said Chief Ramsay.

The announcement is news that many Mid-town residents are excited about. Jason Carber has lived in the area for eight years, and has seen some illegal activity go on across the street from him.

“Keeping the community safe is important to midtown because we want to have that diverse community of children, adults, elderly young and everyone feel good about living here,” explained Carber.

Chief Ramsay wants to focus on problems with human trafficking, drug use, assaults, mental health, and homelessness.

Those seven officers will have a visible presence with foot and bike patrols.

The grant will begin Jan. 1, and those officers should be on the street by spring.