WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies – today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded a $750,000 grant to the Wichita Police Department to establish a Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) integration initiative in Wichita.
“As the chief appropriator for the Department of Justice, I am pleased to announce that the Wichita Police Department will receive a competitive DOJ grant to establish a Crime Gun Intelligence Center, expanding their existing crime-fighting resources and infrastructure through a new partnership with the ATF,” said Sen. Moran. “This program will help advance Wichita’s ongoing efforts to modernize the way they investigate and address gun-related crimes. I will continue to work with the Wichita Police Department on how we can best equip our men and women in uniform to keep our communities safe.”
“The WPD is excited about this opportunity and embrace the chance to more effectively address and investigate gun-related violent crime in Wichita,” said WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay. “The WPD appreciates Sen. Moran’s continued support in helping to lower violent crime in our city.”
The CGIC Integration Initiative is a DOJ competitive grant program administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that provides funding to state and local government entities that are experiencing increases in gun-related violent crime. The program helps awardees implement comprehensive and holistic models to reduce violent crime and the illegal use of firearms by allowing them to integrate with their local ATF CGIC. The initiative is designed to encourage local government’s capacity to work alongside the ATF to utilize intelligence, technology, community engagement and other tools to quickly identify firearms used unlawfully and their sources.
As part of this grant, the Wichita Police Department will develop a CGIC that will include a crime analyst, an investigator, training resources, data-sharing platform software, remote test fire system, bullet detection technology, a CGIC prosecutor, a forensic examiner and other resources. Further, the grant will utilize Wichita State University as the research partner.
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