Wichita police connect with community, combat crime on Broadway corridor

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

If you live or work along Broadway, you'll see Wichita police officers interacting with the community in an effort to reduce crime.

The Wichita Police Department launched the four-year "Broadway Corridor Project" last week. It consists of a team of six officers led by Sgt. Bob Gulliver who will be on bike and foot patrol along the Broadway corridor, which stretches from Pawnee to 21st Street North and from Water to St. Francis.

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Sgt. Gulliver says officers have contacted about 1,300 citizens and 232 business. The team has received 154 complaints about crime activity such and drugs, prostitution and larceny. 

"The six officers are going door-to-door, business-to-business, contacting everyone within the corridor," Sgt. Gulliver said. "As they contact them, they ask about any specific issues in the area, and that's where we're generating these 154 complaints that we've gotten so far."

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Gulliver said the team of officers is about 85 percent done contacting everyone, and then they'll start addressing complaints. 

"They're happy to see us. They're happy about the project. It's hard to go a block without there being some issue that they'd like to see addressed."

Gulliver said most of the complaints are about speeding in residential areas, drugs, larceny, illegal dumping and issues with the homeless. 

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