U.S. Attorney announces $493,694 grant to Wichita police

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A $493,694 federal grant will support the Wichita Police Department’s program to work with gun owners and gun dealers to reduce violent crime, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said today.

The grant to the Wichita Police Department comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood program. This week is the one-year anniversary of the revitalized Project Safe Neighborhood program, which is a centerpiece of the Justice Department’s strategy for reducing violent crime.

“The Wichita police have some innovative new ideas for reducing violent crime,” McAllister said. “Our office is working closely with them to coordinate our efforts and make our communities safer.”

Deputy Chief Jose Salcido said the department soon will be announcing a new program to educate the public on what everyone can do to help reduce violent crime by preventing guns from being stolen and used in crimes. The voluntary program also will reach out to gun ranges and gun dealers, he said.

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