Wichita police are learning how to approach high-stress situations with a different attitude. The goal, reduce the times they have to use excessive force.
T-3 or Tact, Tactics, and Trust is a two part course on how to better approach these situations and avoid an assault or ambush.
After being an officer in Wichita for two or 20 years, many have similar safety concerns.
“The biggest officer safety I see is complacency,” said one officer.
“Staffing levels causes a problem from the start of this department all the way up to the top.,” said one officer.
“My greatest officer safety concern is and has always been ambushes,” said one officer.
It’s part of the reason why Tact, Tactics, and Trust is being talked about with every member of the department. Past experiences by some officers in Wichita, is another reason for the training.
“We have a lot of what I’d call near misses, near tragic events, and officers have come out on top but the next officer coming down the line, may not,” said Sergeant Kenneth Kimble, Wichita Police.
Sergeant Kenneth Kimble leads the course that features past situations from law enforcement nation-wide and video scenarios. It mentions the importance of communication and good relations within the community to avoid potential tragedies.
“We need to build that trust,” said Sergeant Kimble.
“We can either apologize if we made a legitimate mistake, or we can explain to the community why the mistake was happening and what actions we’re taking to correct that,” said Sergeant Jamie Crouch, Wichita police.
Sergeant Jamie Crouch says even with 23 years on the WPD the course has been valuable. All officers will go through this and then, a part two to the course.
The Department of Justice is backing and funding this program, and Wichita is one of a few agencies chosen to introduce this model.