Tuesday, May 7, 2013
This morning, the Wichita City Council approved a memorandum of understanding to continue collaboration between a volunteer group and the Wichita Police Department on issues of racial profiling.
The group, Racial Profiling Advisory Board of Wichita, has been working on this issue since 2005.
"This memorandum will hopefully give us a chance to work more closely with the city manager, with the police department, and look at the data collection with some of the professors out at Wichita State," said Walt Chappell, vice chair of the advisory board.
The group hopes the memo will give them an opportunity to get more information regarding citations issued throughout the city to see if there is a problem of racial profiling.
The memo shows that the advisory board and the police department will work with the university on data collection and analysis of vehicle stops in the city.
Last year, the Council approved the creation of a community advisory group to provide assistance to the Wichita Police Department on racial and biased-based policing.
"We enjoy getting feedback from the community. This is just another example of a good community group," said Wichita Police Deputy Chief Terri Moses.
To access the Racial Profiling Advisory Board website,click here.