Over 900 arrested in Wichita as part of effort to reduce violent crimePosted: Updated:
Wichita police say more than 900 arrests were made this summer as part of a collaborative effort to reduce violent crime in the city.
Police spokesperson Paul Cruz said "Operation Triple Beam" was held from June through July and involved numerous state and federal law enforcement agencies.
"The efforts ended with more than 900 arrests, the seizure of more than 80 guns, over $142,000 in cash and $835,000 in illegal narcotics," Officer Cruz said in a news release.
Local law enforcement & federal agencies worked on a 60-day enforcement, focusing on getting violent offenders off the streets— Lily Wu KAKE News (@KansasLily) August 12, 2019
930 arrests (119 gang members) • 82 firearms seized
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“Senator Jerry Moran was instrumental in bringing the resources of our federal partners to Wichita to combat violent crime,” said Chief Gordon Ramsay. “There is no doubt that the dramatic decrease in crime is a direct result of the hard work that was done by all of the partners in this effort.”
The U.S. Marshals Service will lead a news conference in Wichita Monday afternoon to discuss the operation.
Agencies involved in Operation Triple Beam included the U.S. Marshals Service, Kansas Department of Corrections, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, Immigration Customs Enforcement, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office.
The Wichita Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service hold a news conference in Monday afternoon. Watch it below.