WICHITA , Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say homicides in the south-central Kansas city rose by 50 percent in 2014 while the local overall crime rate fell nearly 3 percent.
The Wichita Eagle reports that last year’s 26 homicides were nine more than in 2013. But last year’s numbers were consistent with the 28 homicides in 2102, 27 in 2011 and 26 in 2009.
The 280 reported rapes and 556 robberies in Wichita last year both were five-year highs.
The city’s interim police chief, Nelson Mosley, called 2014 “a challenging year full of opportunities.”
He says plans are on schedule to outfit about 500 police officers with body cameras by the end of the year, with funding sources, policies and procedures still being worked out.
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