State awards $250,000 to Wichita groups for public safety, crime prevention

Three Wichita-based organizations have been awarded nearly $250,000 in state grant money to support public safety and crime prevention.

Kansas Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday it provided the grants to the Wichita Police Department, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas.

WPD was awarded $201,204 to purchase a new forensic laser-scanning system to enhance crime scene documentation and reconstruction.

Big Brothers Big Sisters was given $29,557 to provide mentoring services for children who have an incarcerated parent.

The mental health group was awarded $18,333 to provide intervention services for at-risk girls, who are 11 to 17 years old.