Although the goals, objectives and mission statement have been re-defined over the years, members are still dedicated to providing service to the greater Wichita community.
Crime Stoppers of Wichita-Sedgwick County
Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime. Citizens can provide anonymous tips by visiting the website (wichitasedgwickcountycrimestoppers.com), calling 316-267-2111, or downloading the free P3 App. These tips are completely anonymous and can offer vital information about crimes and criminals to law enforcement. Tipsters are provided a monetary award for tips that lead to an arrest or conviction.
The WMCC is excited to announce a new youth initiative partnership with the DEA, Operation Engage. Wichita is one of the 11 regions selected nationally by DEA and will focus its efforts on opioids and methamphetamine abuse. Through our partnership we will work with League 42, Girls on the Run, Wichita Athletic Track Club and the Quivira Council Boy Scouts, providing support and drug education to the youth they serve.
SPEAK UP is an anonymous tip program within school systems that allows students and parents to leave a tip about everything from bullying to cheating to drugs to gun concerns and much more. Tips are left by downloading the free P3 App. The funding for SPEAK UP is provided by the Wichita Metro Crime Commission’s Crime Stoppers program.
On the fourth Thursday of each month, January-September, Insider Briefing luncheons are held for WMCC members and guests. Monthly speakers present a wide range of topics covering law enforcement to community concerns and actions. Insider Briefings give members an opportunity to network with each other as well as be knowledgeable about activities within the community.
L.A.W. (Leaders. Achievers. Winners.) Camp is a four-day, three night campout held each summer for middle and high school age youth, many of whom are at risk of joining gangs or being influenced by drugs. It is a partnership between the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Army National Guard, supported by the Wichita Metro Crime Commission.
Make Good Choices
Make Good Choices is the Youth Initiative of the Wichita Metro Crime Commission. It encompasses a variety of programs and activities designed to encourage good behavior and discourage drug use. Area high school students are bussed to WSU Tech for “Career Days” to show students potential career choices that do not require a 4-year college degree. The WMCC also works with not-for-profit groups who work with at-risk youth, such as League 42, to encourage students to stay off drugs and stay in school.
Ken Landwehr Make Good Choices Annual Golf Tournament
The Ken Landwehr Make Good Choices Golf Tournament honors Lt. Ken Landwehr who was the commander of the Wichita Police Department’s Homicide Section. Lt. Landwehr was an avid golfer and strong supporter of the WMCC’s Make Good Choices program.
The golf tournament is a day of great comradery among our members and guests, with cash awards and great raffle items. It is the major funding source of the Make Good Choices youth initiative, which encourages kids to stay off drugs, stay in school and make good life choices. One of the major programs of Make Good Choices is “Career Day” where students from area high schools are bussed to WSU Tech to learn about career choices. Many of these students are not candidates for a four-year university for a variety of reasons, and Career Day gives them insight to many opportunities that are attainable.
The annual golf tournament is held in late summer or early fall and is a fun event for members and their guests. Revenue from the tournament provides funding for the Make Good Choices program.