KCKPD Receives $842,000 in Federal Public Safety Technology Grants for Body Cameras
The Kansas City Kansas Police Department has been awarded two major grants by the Department of Justice to enhance crime fighting and public safety through technology. The grants will equip KCK Police Officers with body cameras and establish a network of real-time street cameras.
“These grants advance one of my top priorities: to give our police officers the tools they need to protect the public and themselves. The Unified Government has recently invested in a new fleet of police vehicles and has laid the foundation for using the latest technology to fight crime. This federal investment takes our community to a new level, bringing a 21st century approach to fighting crime while strengthening the trust between our community and our police,” said Mayor Holland.
“Body cameras are a great law enforcement tool that will aid us in capturing valuable evidence and they will help us to continue building trust and transparency with the community,” said Police Chief Terry Zeigler.
The KCKPD responded to 146,192 calls for service in 2016. Data from the International Association of Chiefs of Police show that 93% of alleged police conduct cases resulted in the officer being exonerated when body camera video had recorded the incident. 50% of complaints filed against police were immediately withdrawn when video from body cameras existed.
The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department implemented the use of body cameras two years ago.
The street camera network will help officers responding to incidents by giving them real-time video and information about what’s happening when a 911 call comes in. The grant also funds a pilot Community Connections program that gives businesses an option to connect their security cameras to the police network. “The implementation of these technology tools will provide KCKPD new capabilities to prevent and respond to crime,” said Unified Government Chief Knowledge Officer Alan Howze.
The expanded camera network is to expected to help reduce crime, help police solve homicides more quickly and provide a valuable tool in the investigation of drive-by shootings.