WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – On Thursday, Aug. 18, Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple announced that the Wichita Police Department (WPD) will receive a third-party review.

It is one of the responses to a texting scandal involving Wichita police officers.

The City of Wichita has been searching nationally for this third party for “months.” After conducting many interviews and narrowing down their options, the City decided to go with Jensen Hughes, Inc., a leading public safety consultant from Chicago, Illinois.

They will look into the department’s culture, procedures, conduct, and more if approved. Their process will start by gathering community input, reviewing policies, analyzing data, and creating recommendations that can be identified and measured.

“This is actually will have action steps afterwards about what we can continue to do to continue to make Wichita the best community can be. We expect the report early next year,” said Mayor Whipple.

The group will provide monthly progress reports to the City Council. Mayor Whipple says those reports will be shared with the public.

You can watch the full announcement below:

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Wichita City Council signed their contract with Jensen Hughes. The contract will hold for one year and cost $214,056.55. These costs include travel, lodging, per diem, and approved expenses with approved documentation.

The council plans on receiving a full review in six months, along with the monthly updates.

To watch the City Council meeting discuss the assessment of WPD operations and cultural competency, click here.