Wichita Police To Launch Dash Cam Pilot Project

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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Members of Sunflower Community Action gathered Thursday to hear from both state and law enforcement leaders on the patrol car dash cam project. The group has spent nearly two years pushing for the project.

"I am feeling great about it," said Barbara Lorance, who attended the meeting.

As the Wichita Police Department prepares to launch its dash camera pilot project, members of the community got the chance to hear what this means for the future of Wichita. They also cleared up a few questions.

"A lot of people think we actually have cameras already," said Marty Shaw, a member of Sunflower.

Wichita Police now have eight patrol cars with the cameras. The data from the cameras will be used to monitor everything from traffic stops to more serious issues, including evidence that could be used in court. It's also an effort to help prevent racial profiling.

"I don't think anyone would dispute putting cameras in patrol cars," said Deputy Chief Robert Lee.

But at nearly $5,000 apiece, outfitting the department's 176 cars could be a ways off. It might also require a grant, but the department says it's already headed in the right direction.

"We have a pilot program and communication here. That's beneficial," said Lee.

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