Kansas Supreme Court justice to speak at Crime Commission event

WICHITA — Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier will be the keynote speaker Wednesday at the 57th annual Wichita Crime Commission awards banquet.

Beier was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court in September 2003. A native of Kansas City, Kan., she has authored nearly 500 judicial opinions. Her topic Wednesday will be, "A New Sheriff in Town: The Kansas Supreme Court in Transition."

The banquet will honor the work of law enforcement officers, criminal justice professionals and citizens. This year's awards include the 12th Annual Willard Garvey Crime Prevention Awards to a law enforcement officer and a citizen; the 21st Annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award; the 22nd Annual Criminal Justice Professional of the Year Award, and the 24th Annual Twelve Apostles of Justice Award.

The banquet, at the Wichita Airport Hilton, begins with a reception at 6 p.m.