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The Wichita Police Department is undergoing implicit bias training this month. It's just one of several efforts designed to improve community relations.

During the last year, the department has offered training to officers on racial awareness and fair and impartial policing.

This time, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the entire department of 850 people, officers and support staff, will go through the bias training.

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The Wichita Police Department is testing a new type of high-tech body camera that it says will reduce the risk of human error.

All officers were outfitted last year with body-worn cameras, but police Chief Gordon Ramsay says technology has already advanced. The department is trying out 12 new body cameras that are blue-tooth capable and can turn on automatically.

“We’ve seen across the country where officers forget to turn the cameras on, and valuable footage is not captured," Ramsay said at an event earlier this week.

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Wichita City Council took the first steps today toward creating a new citizen's board to review complaints about the police department, approving the first reading of the ordinance.

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A Muslim civil liberties group is calling for an independent investigation into events that led to the arrest of a Muslim family at a Wichita bank earlier this month.

The Kansas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, says it wants an explanation why an Iraqi-American man was detained, along with his wife and teenage daughter, after trying to deposit a check for $151,000.

Bank staff suspected the check was fraudulent; Wichita Police determined it was valid before releasing the family. Both say they were following procedure.

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Both Emprise Bank and the Wichita Police Department say they were just following procedure last week during an incident that led to the arrest of a Wichita State University doctoral student of Middle Eastern descent.

Police were called to the bank at 21st and Woodlawn last Wednesday in response to reports of a man with what bank staff believed to be a forged check for $151,000. The WPD says in a statement that one Kansas Highway Patrol Officer, one Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Officer and two Wichita Police officers responded to the call.

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Wichita police officers and firefighters are visiting the communities they serve to deliver books as part of a literacy program.

The book drop is for the Building Bridges through Books program.

The Wichita Police Department and Watermark Books and Café are working together to help elevate literacy skills while creating a connection between first responders and families.

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The Wichita Police Department is investigating a potential dog-fighting ring after seizing three pit bulls from a residence in central Wichita yesterday.

Police took the dogs, along with a rabbit, to the animal shelter after coming across evidence of possible dog fighting at a home near 13th and Chautauqua. They were in the area investigating a separate crime. No arrests have been made.

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Wichita Police officers will be making the rounds in neighborhoods next month to deliver books.

The Building Bridges Through Books program is a partnership between the Wichita Police Department and Watermark Books and Café.

Police officers will drop off free books for all ages with a family and then follow up a few weeks later with a community gathering and book discussion.

Watermark owner Sarah Bagby says the officers will be reading the books as well.

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The City of Wichita could consider a tax increase to fund new positions in the Wichita Police Department.

A staffing study out earlier this year recommended a total of 73 new positions for the police force, including patrol officers and support staff.

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The Wichita Police Department is reaching out to parents and guardians whose kids are involved in gangs.

Letters went out earlier this week alerting parents that their children are on the city’s list of documented gang members.

Lt. Jeff Gilmore, with the WPD’s gang unit, said they sent a total of 74 letters.

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