26 members of the Wichita Police force have violations that could potentially damage their credibility in a court of law. Of the offenses, ten are misdemeanors, two are felonies, seven gave false information, and seven gave false reports. "The two felony convictions are not commissioned police officers," said Wichita Police Duty Chief John Speer.
Speer and Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter say law enforcement agencies across the country struggle with the best way to handle employees with Brady/ Giglio issues. District Attorney Marc Bennett will not accept affidavits written by an officer with that status. "Law enforcement is going to do everything that can to keep people with these issues out of a position where they have to be put in a position where they are the only witness to a crime," said Bennett.
Both Speer and Easter say the violations were all committed before employment and if a current officer commits a crime they will be terminated. "We now have a policy that applicants with any crimes or convictions or dishonesty are not eligible applicants for the department," said Speer.
"Due to the Brady/ Giglio material, we no longer hire people like that," said Easter.
On the Police Department's list, employees come from three different divisions. 15 work in field services, six work in support services, and five in investigations.
- We asked the City of Wichita for a list of officers who have Giglio status. Read Their Response
Because of Police Chief Norman Williams' sudden retirement announcement, FactFinder 12 asked Speer if the position of chief falls under support service. "Within the organization, yes," said Speer.
That does not mean Williams is on the list. The city is not releasing names, and unlike the Sheriff's Office, is refusing to release position or rank.