WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said today that they are ready for the NCAA Tournament this week. The tournament is expected to draw thousands of people to downtown starting Wednesday through Saturday.
The department has worked alongside the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Sedgwick County EMS, Sedgwick County 911, Wichita Fire Department, Intrust Bank Arena, NCAA officials, and the U.S. Department of Justice to develop an operational plan to make sure this event goes safely.
Nearly 70 officers will be working two shifts during the event. They will be patrolling areas around the arena on foot, bicycle, vehicle, horseback and ATV. They will also be able to provide information for those attending the games.
“Provide a safe and secure environment for citizens that attend the tournament, provide traffic control and other safety services,” said Lt. Troy Livingston, Wichita Police Department. “We are really excited to have the tournament here. We are excited Wichita was chosen. Knowing this, we have been preparing for months.”
Anyone that sees anything suspicious during the event is asked to call 911.