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Beginning Wednesday, portable traffic signs will be placed in high-volume shopping areas in Wichita to remind people to be aware of the possibility of increased incidents of theft and vandalism during the holiday season.

The portable traffic message signs--often seen in construction zones and throughout the city's shopping areas--will warn shoppers to “Hide Your Items, Take your Keys, Lock Your Vehicle."


The Wichita Police Department unveiled a formal policy for body-worn cameras Thursday morning. The city says the cameras will be distributed to every officer by the end of the year.

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No charges will be filed against Wichita police officers involved in a shootout last year that left an 18-year-old man dead.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says the three officers acted in an “objective, reasonable manner” in defending themselves against Jeffrey Holden.

A 26-page report by Bennett’s office provides details on the October 2014 incident and investigation. Photos and surveillance video were used to piece together the events.

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The City of Wichita will start over on its search for a new police chief after months of deliberations.

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Wichita State University says it will add four more police officers as it continues to work on multiple fronts to ensure a safe campus.

University Police Chief Sara Morris said in a news release Monday the university recognizes that several recent incidents have raised concerns about campus safety. She says the crime rate is low, but no crime is acceptable.

The four new officers will be in addition to the 28 already employed, and will be hired under an expedited search process.

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The two finalists in the running for the next Chief of the Wichita Police Department answered questions at a public forum on Monday night.

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The City of Wichita is asking residents to provide further input on the hiring of the next Wichita Police Department Chief.

Questions for the two finalists in the search for the next chief of police can be submitted through the city’s website. The public will also have a chance to ask the candidates questions tonight at the Wichita Police Chief candidates’ forum at Century II’s Convention Hall.

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The three finalists in the search for the next Wichita police chief were announced Thursday morning.


The search for Wichita’s next police chief continues.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says the list of candidates for police chief has been narrowed down to five, including interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley. Longwell says a committee will conduct the next round of interviews next week.

A public forum will allow the community to weigh in. City Manager Bob Layton is expected to hire the next police chief sometime in September.

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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.