Larry Welch, who retired five years ago as director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, will be the featured speaker at the Wichita Crime Commission’s annual awards banquet later this week.
The 59th annual banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Doubletree by Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel. Reservations are required for the event.
A book written by Welch, “Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK,” was released last month. It offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the KBI from its inception through 2007.
Welch, a native of St. John, began his law enforcement career in 1961 with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was appointed the 10th director of the KBI in 1994, serving in that post until his retirement in 2007.
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The Wichita Crime Commission honors law enforcement officers and criminal justice members each year.