WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita Police Department said today it will not meet a goal to equip every field officer with a body-worn camera by the end of the year due to a delay in the arrival of federal funding. Interim Chief Nelson Mosely said he expects the federal funds will arrive next month.
“Once the funding is available,” said Mosley, “we can move forward with purchasing the remaining cameras.”
The department has purchased 212 body worn cameras for the Patrol North and Patrol East substations. Those cameras are fully functional and implemented.
The department is planning on purchasing a total of 429 body worn cameras.
On September 21, Wichita received notification that it would receive $250,000 in Federal matching funds for its Body Worn Camera Program. The program is designed to give agencies already using body worn cameras funding to expand their program.
The police department has been working with the Office of Justice Programs to meet the program standards and secure the federal funds. It includes the submission of a body-worn camera policy and financial documents before funding is released. The department met its obligations set forth in the program in October and has been waiting for federal funding.