FREE, FUN community event!
Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita on Saturday, May 14th from 1-3pm. Bring your bike or just your whole family for FREE bike inspections, helmet checks, kids bike equipment & face painting! Your Wichita Police Department will be on hand with a bike safety presentation, all ages agility course, Boomer & Mantra from the K-9 Unit and the Mounted Unit Clydesdales. Sgt. Justice will be there to say "Hi" to the kids!
On March 1, 2022 the Wichita Police Department Mounted Unit sadly lost a much loved member. Scout had been a dedicated police horse and an integral part of the unit since 2014. Retired WPD Sgt. Clark Bolan and former Unit Commander said of Scout, "Scout was fearless, not afraid of anything. Rode him in some tough situations on patrol and he always did great. He was my horse until I retired". Rest In Peace, Scout.
While the day to day upkeep of the Mounted Unit is accounted for within the Police Department’s budget, there is no funding available to purchase a new horse and needed equipment for the Mounted Unit.
With your help, a new member of the unit can soon join the force and will be able to serve the Wichita Police Department. This new mount will become a beloved part of community festivals and patrol the Old Town Wichita streets, poking his nose into shops and stands to ensure all is well.
Horses For Heroes
The Wichita Police Foundation funded two new and needed Clydesdale horses for the Wichita Police Mounted Unit. One
Clydesdale can perform the crowd control of 15 officers on foot.
We also supplied 16 saddle pads, 32 reflective leg wraps, and 16 reflective chest collar covers for the entire mounted unit. This new gear and tack makes the unit horses and officers more visible, safe, and secure on patrol.
In addition, the Wichita Police Foundation was able to secure donations for ten new helmets - enhancing safety for the officers and the public.
Creating strong police-community
relationships that improve trust and public safety
To make our riverfront safer and more inviting for citizens, visitors, and businesses, the Wichita Police Foundation raised over $100,000 to expand the Wichita Police Department’s existing camera system to cover 2.3 miles of riverfront and riverfront walking paths.
The implementation of this technology makes it possible for the Wichita Police Department to:
· More rapidly deploy resources and target the deployment of resources to a more precise location. This means that one officer monitoring a camera is the equivalent of multiple officers on the ground.
· Monitor all directions of travel coming in and out of the area.
· Provide descriptions of suspects to the responding officer.
· Collect footage to assist with investigations.
· Provide footage as evidence for cases.
The Wichita Police Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Kansas Not-For-Profit.
Donations can be sent by mail to the following address or electronically through our secure portal by utilizing the donate button below :
Wichita Police Foundation
PO Box 782736
Wichita, KS 67278