KCKPD to Begin Campaign Aimed at Familiarizing Community with New In-Car and Officer Body-Worn Camera Systems

2/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Body-worn and new in-car camera system to provide increased protection for both Officers and community

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Kansas Police Department announced today that it is launching a campaign to educate the community on its new integrated camera system that includes multi-camera, in-car technology, as well as Officer body-worn cameras (BWCs).

“We have been eagerly awaiting the implementation of this technology,” Michael York, acting chief, Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, said. “Body-worn cameras have quickly become standard for law enforcement across the nation and our hope is that the community views this as a positive move forward as it serves to protect both Officers and members of the public with whom we come into contact. At the same time, we realize that there is always a bit of apprehension with something new. That is why over the days and weeks to come we will work to educate and familiarize residents through social media, virtual presentations to community and civic groups, and personal interaction.”

Body-worn cameras are relatively small devices that record interactions between community members and Officers. The video and audio recordings from both the BWCs and in-car camera system will be utilized to demonstrate transparency to the community; document statements, observations, behaviors, and other evidence; and to deter unprofessional, illegal, and inappropriate behaviors by both law enforcement and the public. 

“The rollout of body and new in-car cameras within the KCK Police Department this week is a significant step, providing not only increased protection for residents and Officers, but helping further build and strengthen trust and transparency in our community,” Kansas City, Kansas Mayor David Alvey, said. “The use of this technology has been discussed on multiple occasions by the Mayor’s Task Force on Community and Police Relations since its inception, and I’m pleased that it is now operational in Kansas City, Kansas.”

All Officers whose assignments place them in contact with the public on a daily basis, such as Patrol, Community Policing and Traffic, in addition to sergeants, will be issued BWCs. Other Officers, depending on their assignment within the department, will also wear BWCs. The rollout, which has included the installation of the in-car camera system, Officer training and policy review, began in late October. The full implementation is currently on track to be completed and go live by the end of this month. Community, business, community or civic groups which are interested in scheduling a virtual presentation of the system are asked to e-mail their request to the Public Information Office at PIO@kckpd.org.

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department serves the community of Kansas City, Kan. and Wyandotte County as part of the Unified Government. With a force of approximately 320 sworn Officers, including a robust Community Policing Division and Dispatch Center which handles over 1,000 calls for service daily, the dedicated men and women of the KCKPD are committed to “Safety First. Courtesy Always.” For more information visit kckpd.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.