After originally being slated to co-host a two-day training featuring John Guandolo, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office backed out of the event, claiming it was too controversial. The sheriff’s office was initially scheduled to partner with a local citizen’s group to host the anti-Muslim trainer. The Wichita Eagle reported the sheriff’s office originally stood by the seminar, arguing that it was a “way to help officers distinguish between extremists and non-extremists.” However, it later withdrew support after local Muslim advocates raised concerns about the event.
According to the Eagle, the event was “expected to draw law enforcement officers from across the state,” including 10 employees from the he Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Registration per attendee was set at $150. The event itself continued without an official law enforcement presence.
By cancelling the event, Guandolo claimed Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter “emboldened our enemy.”