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Authorities say that caution needs to be part of Independence Day celebrations.

Though it is legal to use certain kinds of fireworks in Wichita, only those inspected and approved by the Wichita fire marshal and sold from the tents around the city are OK. Approved fireworks emit sparks no more than six feet in any direction, and are not labeled as emitting flaming balls.

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The city held a briefing yesterday to update the community about several issues covered in an earlier assessment of the Wichita Police Department, including the use of body cameras. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more.

City Manager Robert Layton said that the city is on track to get and put in use body cameras for more than 300 Wichita police officers by early fall.

He said that the policy for the use of the cameras and the data is almost complete.

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A Community Advisory Board for the city of Wichita is expected to be up and running in the next three months.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports on the city’s progress update released today...

The new Community Advisory Board will provide residents with a format for sharing concerns and offering input on the Wichita Police Department’s practices and policies.

City Manager Robert Layton says board members will be selected and trained in the coming months before they begin meeting.

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Authorities are continuing an investigation into the death of a Wichita man who was shot and killed by police Saturday night. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

In a written statement outlining the shooting, Wichita Police Chief Nelson Mosley says there are still several questions that need to be answered.

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The City of Wichita held a second meeting on police and community relations on Wednesday night. The meeting was held at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. 

The turnout was smaller and the tone less agitated than the first meeting held back in August.

City officials described Wednesday night as a progress report. 

Abigail Wilson

Students, faculty and members of the Wichita community attended a safety forum held at Wichita State University on Tuesday. A panel of representatives from the Wichita and WSU Police Departments answered questions and provided on and off-campus safety information in response to an attack near campus last week. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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A public discussion was held in Wichita last month called "No Ferguson Here." It was a local response to the shooting of an unarmed young black man in Ferguson Missouri. Wichita City officials and community members came together to discuss racial tensions in their own communities. Wednesday night, that discussion continued with a program of music and prayer at St. Mark United Methodist Church. 

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On Sept. 4, KMUW aired a story about policing in Sedgwick County. We took a look at military equipment acquired through the federal government's 1033 program, including a newly acquired armored vehicle. The following story also focuses on policing in Wichita. 

Sean Sandefur

Over three weeks ago protestors flooded the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. The events brought the city’s race relations to the forefront—but it also brought into question local law enforcement’s use of military equipment. Since 1997, the federal government has distributed over $5 billion worth of military surplus. Equipment like armored vehicles can now be found in cities across the country, including Wichita.

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A changing of the guard is coming to the Wichita Police Department, Chief Norman Williams announced his retirement on Thursday after a 39-year career with the force. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

After a career that oversaw the capture of the BTK serial killer and the arrests of more than 71 Neighborhood Crips gang members, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says he’s tired.

“The first thing I’m going to do is just relax, I’m not going to take phone calls at 3 o’clock in morning…someone else is going to do that,” Williams says.

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