So Jerry, thank you for your service, and your leadership. The law enforcement community in Kansas is blessed to have you where you are, & so is the Department of Justice.
Attorney General Schmidt
Darin Beck, Executive Director of KLETC,
Dr. Girod, Chancellor of the University of Kansas,
Dr. Daniel J. Thomas, of the Kansas Board of Regents, and
Dr. David Cook, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas.
Let me note – it is very clear, that a critical component of the 30 year decline in crime rates is the work of our law enforcement training programs. KLETC is exactly that.
We have never had better trained or better led law enforcement departments than we do today.
I’ve already sent 76 this year.
That’s two a week. And that’s far too many.
The two deputies had served Wyandotte County for a combined total of 20 years.
Patrick Rohrer left behind a wife and two young children.
Under his leadership, we have taken historic new steps that I believe will help make your jobs easier and safer.
We are also helping to ensure that our state and local partners have the training and the equipment that they need to be successful.
We strongly support good policing strategies like this. And so I am announcing today.
That is why we have restored traditional charging practices for our prosecutors.
But we are trusting our prosecutors again.
Ron Gould, Deputy Executive Director of KLETC, is the former Chief of Police in Winfield.
The evidence is already starting to come in that our efforts are bearing fruit.
Public data from 61 large cities suggest that violent crime overall was down in those cities in the first six months of 2018 compared to 2017.
We also prescribe too many opioids in this country.
This is good news. But we’re not finished—and we’re not going to slow down.
With your help, we’re going to keep following the President’s order to reduce crime.