WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council approved bonding for a new $7 million Wichita Police Department Patrol East station. The vote was 7-0. All council members were in favor.
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the current substation serves at least 118 officers and employees. Workspace is limited, and supplies are stored in locker rooms. There are only two offices and a squad room for police officers.
The new station will be built next to the current station. The station will use the same parking lot and gas pumps currently on the grounds.
“This building will modernize operations and create a welcoming and professional community center facility,” said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. “This building will make us more effective, efficient and operationally superior.”
“This seems to be favorable for the neighbors and community. I have toured Patrol East twice now, and it is smaller than it looks in those pictures,” said Brandon Johnson, Wichita City council member.
The equipment, design and construction was included in the $7 million plan.
Construction could start in September.