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Looking for a second career? Wichita police may want to talk to you

“We’re reaching out to people who have maybe never considered being a police officer before,” Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Thursday.
“We’re reaching out to people who have maybe never considered being a police officer before,” Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Thursday. File photo

The Wichita Police Department is launching a new effort to hire second-career recruits to fill out the ranks, Chief Gordon Ramsay said Thursday.

“We’re reaching out to people who have maybe never considered being a police officer before,” Ramsay said during a news conference with Mayor Jeff Longwell. “In the past, we’ve hired attorneys, we’ve hired engineers, we’ve hired former newscasters, reporters … social workers or teachers.

“They bring a different perspective to policing and look at things through a different lens.”

Applicants must be 21, with a high school diploma or equivalent and must pass a background check, he said. Some background showing an interest in community service is preferred.

Ramsay said the new recruiting push will use social media and online advertising in addition to more conventional methods such as job fairs and recruiting at universities.

For information on police jobs or to apply, go to www.wpdjobs.com.

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas

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