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Center of Public Policy and Safety

Safety Matters

The Center of Public Policy and Safety (CPPS) at Kansas Wesleyan University is a center of learning and service that incorporates the academic departments and faculty for the majors of Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Public Safety and a minor in Political Science. It offers certificates in Business Continuity and Offender Management. The CPPS provides many services to the campus, community and the State of Kansas including undergraduate research, workshops and consulting in such areas as: crisis communication plans, emergency response planning, pandemic planning, police chaplaincy programs, risk assessments/hazard mitigation and threat assessments.

Academic Programs

Majors are offered online, on ground, or hybrid.


The CPPS provides many services to the campus, community and the State of Kansas, including undergraduate research, workshops and consulting in such areas as:

  • Crisis Communication Plans
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Nonprofit Program Assessment
  • Community Justice
  • Death Notifications
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Pandemic Planning
  • Police Chaplaincy Programs
  • Risk Assessments and Hazard Mitigation
  • Threat Assessment
  • Working with families who have incarcerated family members.


The IPPS has forged many collaborative partnerships with departments across campus, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Community Resiliency Project: The community resiliency project includes undergraduate research and workshops that empower communities, organizations, and individuals through educational and service learning projects.

Wesley Leadership Project: The Wesley Leadership Project is a weeklong day camp that ignites civic involvement and leadership based on the three John Wesley principles of do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. By motivating our youth to pursue leadership roles in their churches, schools and communities, they will be prepared to guide their generation from positions of responsibility and acts of Christian leadership.

For more information, contact Dr. Lonnie Booker, Jr., assistant professor and director of Emergency Management and director of the Emergency Management program, or call (785) 833-4360.


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Speaker List

Members of the Center of Public Policy and Safety are available for public presentations and speaking engagements on a variety of topics including:

Brothels of Kansas

We all have heard the term “red light district” but did you know that it originated in Kansas? Did you know that the sister in-law of Wyatt Earp was arrested from running a “bawdy house” in Wichita? From the concert saloons to the purity leagues this presentation takes a look into a chapter of our history that many would rather see edited out. 

Brothels, Bootleggers, and Badmen of Salina

Salina is a city of industry and diversity, but it also is a city with a blue history. This Presentation recounts the history of brothels and the women who worked in them, how prohibition was just seen as a suggestion to many in town, and some of the infamous outlaws to ply their trade in Salina, Kansas

Conspiracy Theories – What “they” don’t want you to know

Why do people seem so willing to embrace conspiracies as an explanation of events? How can a rational person determine if there is a conspiracy? A look at the terms used by and in conspiracy theories, historical conspiracies and hoaxes thought to be conspiracies, and the reasons conspiracy theories flourish are examined.

Horse Thieves: The Famous and Infamous

This presentation explores some of the legendary horse thieves and organized horse thief gangs; their tricks and methods of operation; and examines the stories of some horse thieves whom history has all but forgotten. Tales of the men, women, ex-lawmen, clergy, persons from all walks of life who, have a love of horses, and distain for the law in common.