Crime & Courts

2 WPD officers placed on leave after arrest of third officer

Joshua R. Price
Joshua R. Price

Two Wichita police officers were placed on paid administrative leave following the Friday arrest of a third officer.

The third officer, identified through booking reports as Joshua R. Price, 46, was arrested on suspicion of official misconduct and two counts of stalking.

The case is being investigated by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. No additional information related to what Price is accused of has been released, citing an ongoing investigation. Price bonded out Sunday, said Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. Lin Dehning.

Reading from a prepared statement from Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, Officer Charley Davidson said Monday morning that more information about the case will be provided at the appropriate time. No timeline was given.

“This is an unfortunate situation,” Ramsay said in the statement. “The Wichita Police Department will continue to hold officers to the highest standards and accountable when they fail to meet those standards. We will continue to improve transparency and public trust, in part, by working with other agencies on such matters.”

Ramsay was not at the police briefing Monday morning and is at a police conference in Philadelphia, according to his Twitter page.

On Facebook, Ramsay said, “I am determined to root out staff who don’t have strong ethical standards and good character – and that grabs the headlines. Please don’t forget about all the good officers we have in policing who provide excellent service and dedication to our community every minute of everyday!”

Nichole Manna: 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna

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