UPDATE: 26 WPD employees have credibility issues

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WICHITA, Kan. — Twenty-six Wichita Police Department employees fall under the Brady/Giglio Policy, a policy that requires prosecutors to disclose to defense attorneys any witness who may have credibility issues.

The City of Wichita released a list of those with disclosure information in their history.

-15 field services personnel
-6 support service personnel
-5 investigations personnel

Ten employees have misdemeanor convictions, two with felony convictions, seven gave false information or depart from the truth, and seven gave false reports.

Below is a breakdown of the Brady/Giglio numbers, provided by Fraternal Order of Police President Paul Zamarano:

Of the 26 employees of the Wichita Police Department who are on the Brady/Giglio list, 13 are members of the FOP.

-The 2 on the list who have felony convictions are with animal control and don't carry guns, arrest people or wear badges.

- 5 of the 13 were placed on Brady/Giglio after an internal investigation by the WPD
- 3 of the 13 got diversions
- 1 of the 13 had the issue expunged
- 4 of the 13 were juvenile convictions

1.) 2002 - Male officer, who was 19 at the time, shoplifted under $20 worth of items from a grocery story. (completed diversion and got arrest & diversion expunged) This was before he was hired by the Wichita Police Department.

2.) 1995 - Male sergeant. Internal investigation. Something happened while he was working off duty for a department store.

3.) 1991 - Male officer 17-years-old before hired by the Wichita Police Department. Broke into a car and stole pennies. Charged with misdemeanor theft & vandalism.

4.) 1992 - Female officer 19-years-old before hired. Diversion for a bounced check.

5.) 1988 - Male officer 16-years-old before hired. Juvenile conviction for stealing beer.

6.) 1992 - Male officer. Internal investigation. (Checked in a box before he called in the report-dishonesty)

7.) 1994 - Detective 20-years-old. Internal investigation. Conduct unbecoming of an officer. He was arguing with other officers about his beat.

8.) 2001 - 19-years-old officer before hired. Wrote bad check.

9.) 1980 - Detective now. Juvenile shoplift.

10.) 1995 - 18-years-old. Now an officer. Shoplifted $6.30 of merchandise. Got diversion.

11.) (no date) 18-years-old before hired. Officer. Reported his car stuck on the tracks got hit by train. He falsely reported it was stolen. (expunged)

12.) 1991 - Officer. Internal investigation. Falsified police report by having a weapon he recovered entered into evidence by another officer rather than doing it himself.

13.) 1987 - Female detective who was 25 at the time. Internal investigations. Made a bad excuse to not go qualify for firearms training.


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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says any officer with credibility issues won't be relied on for affidavits in court and their affidavits won't be used to charge cases.

The ruling comes at the request of Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter and after an open records request by KAKE News.

Bennett ruled on what's called the Brady/Giglio policy. The law was enacted in the 1970's and requires all district attorneys across the country to disclose to the defense any law enforcement witnesses who have possible credibility issues.

An open records request filed by KAKE News reveals the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department has eight employees who fall under the Brady/Giglio Act. Three are detention deputies, one is a detective and the other four are deputies assigned elsewhere within the department. The sheriff said none of the deputies who is subject to disclosure under Brady/Giglio patrol the streets.

Bennett's ruling states, "Given the standards to which prosecutors are held, and the place affidavits hold in the commencement of criminal prosecutions in this state, the general policy and practice of the Office of the District Attorney is that an affidavit presented by an officer/agent with identified impeachment history subject to disclosure will not be relied upon in support of the commencement of any prosecution or the issuance of an warrant or summons."

KAKE News is waiting on a open records request from the Wichita Police Department regarding the number of its employees who would be disclosed as having potential credibility issues.

For more information, see attached documents.


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