Police bring back existing Old Town security plan

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WICHITA, Kansas – If you were out in Old Town this weekend, you might have noticed a helicopter circling around.

That is just one of the plans Chief Norman Williams believes will make a difference.

Over the next 30 to 45 days, more officers will be patrolling the area.

They are made up of on and off duty officers.

Officers will do club checks.

The helicopter will patrol the skies between the hours of 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

There are four security cameras located throughout Old Town.

Police are relying on reserve officers or volunteers to monitor the cameras since the department can’t afford to pay some one to do it 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Lastly, the department is looking to control the flow of traffic.

The goal is to prevent people from driving through the Old Town area after the bars close.

“At the end of the day, we all have a responsibility and an obligation to help those families that lost a loved one as a result of violence,” said Chief Norman Williams, Wichita Police Department.

This past weekend, nine clubs were checked.

Police found five liquor law violations, made two DUI arrests, and 11 arrests in total.

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