Wichita police receives $750K grant to combat gun violence

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department received a $750,000 grant to establish a Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) integration initiative.

The CGIC Integration Initiative is a DOJ competitive grant program administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that provides funding to state and local government entities that are experiencing increases in gun-related violent crime.

“As the chief appropriator for the Department of Justice, I am pleased to announce that the Wichita Police Department will receive a competitive DOJ grant to establish a Crime Gun Intelligence Center, expanding their existing crime-fighting resources and infrastructure through a new partnership with the ATF,” said Sen. Moran. “This program will help advance Wichita’s ongoing efforts to modernize the way they investigate and address gun-related crimes. I will continue to work with the Wichita Police Department on how we can best equip our men and women in uniform to keep our communities safe.”

In Wichita, shootings have increased each year since 2014. Specifically, in 2018, Wichita experienced nearly twice as many shootings as experienced in 2014. Police say combating gun-related violence remains a priority.

As part of this grant, the Wichita Police Department will develop a CGIC that will include a crime analyst, an investigator, training resources, data-sharing platform software, remote test fire system, bullet detection technology, a CGIC prosecutor, a forensic examiner and other resources. Further, the grant will utilize Wichita State University as the research partner.

“WPD is excited about this new technology to more effectively address and investigate gun-related crime in Wichita,” WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “WPD appreciates Sen. Moran’s continued support in helping to lower violent crime in our city.”