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25 years ago: New police chief to face problems of growing city

August 8, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 8, 1987:

During the first six weeks of the eight-week application process, the city had received 23 resumes from people interested in the position of city police chief. The deadline for the position, being vacated by the retirement of Chief Richard Stanwix, was August 21. "After briefly looking over the applications, I've been pleased with the quality of applicants," said Ray Hummert, city administrative services director. Of the 23 applications, one candidate had a Lawrence address, six were from other Kansas towns, and 16 were from out of state. The new chief was going to be faced with several issues, among which was the growth of the city contrasted with the non-growth of the police force. During the past ten years, while Lawrence had continued to grow westward, the number of officers had remained static at 78. Retiring chief Stanwix said that, with the growing population, officers' response time to non-emergency calls had doubled over the past decade. Specifically, the lower-priority calls which had taken an average of 30 minutes of response time in the past were now requiring about an hour.

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