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Center of Public Policy and Safety

The Center of Public Policy and Safety (CPPS) at Kansas Wesleyan University includes the academic departments and faculty for the majors of Criminal Justice and Emergency Management.

Academic Programs

  • B .A. Criminal Justice
  • B.A. Emergency Management
  • A.A. Public Safety
  • All degrees offered both on-ground traditional and on-line


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.

Speakers List

Members of the Center for 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.