KSN looks into policies new police chief could bring to Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas -Gordon Ramsay will start his new job in January as the new chief of the Wichita Police Department.

His extensive track record during his tenure in Duluth was cited as a major factor in him getting the job.

Ramsay played a key role in bringing public surveillance cameras to downtown Duluth.

He says using the cameras has been a success in Duluth in deterring crime and catching criminals.

“We’ve developed a robust camera system downtown, our downtown’s are very similar in size and complexity,” said Ramsay.

Ramsay, phrasing it as intelligence policing during Monday’s police chief forum at the Century II Convention Hall.

Ramsay said the system he put in place in Duluth cost over two million dollars to implement.

“Using federal grant money we have built a robust camera system to reduce crime and help us solve crime,” said Ramsay.

It’s something city councilman James Clendenin has researched even before Ramsay was considered a candidate for the job here.

Clendenin says with newer technology, the price tag should be less to put in a similar system here.

“From what I’ve been able to look into, it probably would be at a cost that would make a lot of sense for us in the city of Wichita,” said Clendenin.

Sarah Cross works in Old Town and is on board with the idea.

“I honestly think that’s a great idea, makes me feel a little more secure walking to my car late at night,” said Cross.

The downtown camera system in Duluth was put in place in 2010.

At that point, they had 30 cameras keeping a watchful eye on the city.

As of 2014, about a hundred cameras were put in place.

Those cameras were partially paid for by a 24-thousand dollar grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

Now while some city officials and people KSN spoke with today are in support of the idea, some national organizations have publicly spoken out against them in the past.

The American Civil Liberties Union has said public cameras haven’t proven to be effective and that there is a lack of limits and controls over the use of the cameras.

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