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US Justice Dept. Releases Federal Grant For WPD Body Cameras

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Wichita Police Department's new police chief has announced that body camera implementation is now back on track.

According to WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay, the U.S. Department of Justice has released the $250,000 in matching funds from a federal grant in an effort to help cities across the country expand their body camera programs. He made the announcement on social media.

Wichita, along with three other Kansas cities, were approved for the federal grant last September.

The police department was hoping to reach its goal of 429 body cameras by the end of 2015. By December, the city had only purchased 212.

With the newly released grant funds, the department can move forward with buying the remaining cameras.