- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police are planning more cookouts with the public in August.

Police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says the patrol west and south bureaus plan “Kids, Cops and Cars” cookouts at city parks on Aug. 13. The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2b5Ibuo ) similar events are planned later in August at the two other patrol bureaus but specifics aren’t set.

Woodrow says the events are a way for the public to meet and interact with police in a relaxed setting.

The gatherings come after Wichita received national attention for holding a First Steps Community Cookout last month shortly after police officers were shot and killed in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsey and Wichita activists agreed to replace a protest with a cookout to promote dialogue. Nearly 2,000 people attended.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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