It’s a police initiative that business owners and officers say is working to spruce up one area of Wichita.
The Wichita Police’s Broadway Corridor Team started their work in 2017, and say they have no plans of stopping their efforts.
KSN met those officers to share this update at a place you may not expect.
When most people think of these officers, they probably think they’re on the street or on a call, but this morning, KSN caught them at a school delivering food. It’s just one way they’re trying to reach the community.
Once a month, these officers can be found at Park Elementary School, and the other schools in the Broadway Corridor.
They work with the Kansas Food Bank to deliver food for students in need. It’s one way the team is helping police relations and the area.
“I thought there was a riot going on because there was about 20 students on top of one of my officers as he was sitting down, and I was like what are you doing, and they were wanting his autograph,” said Sgt. Bob Gulliver, Broadway Corridor Team.
“The kids want them to sign their badges, like they’re rock stars so it really just has completely changed the way the kids see them,” said Kristi Franks, Park Elementary School Principal.
Sergeant Gulliver says there’s still crime in the corridor, but it’s getting better. Business owners we met agree, and say police have helped bring crime down from when they first opened.
“During the summertime, they’re on their bikes, and in the cold rainy day, they’re in their cars,” said Sonny Nguyen, Thao’s Bistro Owner.
“You could see people running from whatever situation they had been in but it’s a lot better now,” said Jeremy Snyder, Broadway Burgers and BBQ Owner.
In 2018, the team arrested 665 people. Their hope is to see this progress continue.
The team has had more than 4,000 student contacts in the five schools located in the corridor, something the officers say they look forward to each time.