WPD Chief Ramsay breaks down 2019 crime stats

Rodney Price
February 25, 2020 - 11:48 am
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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay presented a report on 2019 crime stats and strategies to combat that during a report at Tuesday's Wichita City Council meeting and workshop.

Chief Ramsay said last year's increase in justifiable, or accidental homicides, was the third highest number since 2001. Overall, 91% of all homicide cases in 2019 were solved. 

Fewer rapes were reported last year than in 2018, and in 14% of the cases the suspect was a stranger to the victim.

Chief Ramsay said the public's assistance in solving all crimes is critical. "Last year was a record year for us as far as tips received. And I think a lot of that has to do with our community policy efforts and community engagement," he said.

That engagement, including the city's youth, will play a part in WPD's 2020 crime reduction plans. The use of technology will be an important factor as well.

Related: Wichita Police Department: 2019 Review and 2020 Policing Strategies

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