Wichita Police Department chosen for national program to pursue violent criminals

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Wichita Police Department has been chosen for a national partnership program to help fight violent crime. 

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay made the announcement Monday morning. Wichita is one of 10 cities nationwide to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice's National Public Safety Partnership. 

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said in a news release that the program will establish federal partnerships with state, local and tribal agencies to pursue violent criminals, especially those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence in Wichita and Sedgwick County. 

"As a chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, I remain committed to making certain that Kansas law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to enhance public safety and strengthen partnerships that are vital to the health and well-being of our communities," Sen. Moran said.

As part of the program, Wichita police will receive training and technical assistance from federal partners, which will come through peer-to-peer learning, focused discussions exploring effective violence reduction strategies and coordination. 

"The WPD is optimistic of this opportunity and we embrace the chance to more effectively address violence crime," Chief Ramsay said. "The WPD appreciates Sen. Moran's support in helping this opportunity come to fruition."

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