WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Wichita police officers are set to receive a $5,000 bonus. With that comes a question of whether this will be enough to retain and recruit officers. The Wichita Police Department is down more than 100 officers.
“We’re down several officers from what we budgeted. It’s a very difficult to recruit people to be police officers,” Wichita City Councilman Bryan Frye said. “Our pay has struggled to keep up with peer cities, and so that’s all part of the discussion.”
The police union reports being 112 commissioned personnel short, leading to longer response times. Frye said the city hasn’t formally opened contract negotiations with the police union for pay raises, but that will happen in the future.
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