Thursday, September 6. Save the date, to stop violence.
“We’ve seen a lot of violence here in Wichita. We are at 37 homicides. And it is time that we as a community come together and do something about it,” said Brandon Johnson with the Wichita City Council.
Johnson hopes to get 100 people out to The Center on the 6th, for his community meeting.
Taking Action On Violence is a community meeting and it is open to everyone.
“This isn’t an issue that police can solve on their own. We’re all going to have to get involved in this,” said Johnson.
It’s not a forum where a panel talks to the audience. It is an open discussion to talk about ways to stop violence through prevention. WPD will have representatives on hand to listen and talk.
Juston White says he’s all-in on the idea. White runs the Boys & Girls clubs of South Central Kansas.
“Our motto is when schools out, we’re in,” says White.
White has all kinds of programs for kids after school. From food to fun they offer help with homework, guitar lessons and even Sci-Fi tech fun for the kids in the science center at the Opportunity Drive campus.
White says keeping kids busy is great prevention. But, he says, intervention is best when there is a mentor involved.
“Kids need a second chance. It takes a matter of seconds to make a bad decision and when you make those wrong decisions you need someone there who is going to support you and provide you with the resources to get back on track,” says White. “And so intervention is just as much needed as prevention.”
White says Wichita police need a helping hand. And he believes the idea of a community meeting to kick around ideas to stop the violence could make a difference.
“We want to invite as many people as possible and again, this meeting will continue to go because we want to work on this issue and reduce violence in our city,” says Johnson.
The meeting has been moved to The Center at 1914 East 11th Street in Wichita. It will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6th.