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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 State University has appointed a law enforcement veteran to serve as its interim police chief.

Robert Hinshaw will begin the job on Monday. His 33-year career in law enforcement includes four years as Sedgwick County Sheriff.

Hinshaw will lead the 47-person university police department during a search for a permanent chief.

The current police chief, Sara Morris, is retiring.

Hinshaw is an Administration of Justice graduate of Wichita State and holds a masters in Business Law from Friends University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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New crime statistics from the FBI show that while crime dropped across the board in Kansas, numbers are up in Wichita.

Wichita saw an increase in both violent and property crimes in 2016, but only slightly.

Details about crime and traffic incidents in Sedgwick County are now available online or through a mobile phone app.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office rolled out its new crime mapping tool, called “What’s Going On,” during a staff meeting on Tuesday.

The map is designed to let county residents know when and where crime is occurring.

Lt. Lin Dehning explained the map shows the rough location of crimes and traffic incidents, not the exact address.

"It’s designed basically to be in the middle of the street and 100 block rather on a specific house," he said.

The Kansas Department of Revenue is conducting a security review after an employee was shot multiple times at the agency's taxation office in west Wichita.  

Report: Kansas Sees An Increase In Crime

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation released its crime index report for 2016 and overall, crime in the state is increasing.

Violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and battery increased by 4.2 percent in the state over the past year. The 2015 numbers were already 11.2 percent higher than the year before that.

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Several police departments in south-central Kansas are taking a proactive step toward reducing crime in their communities: They've started using a social media campaign called the “9 p.m. Routine."

Every night at 9 p.m. police departments in Andover, Arkansas City and McPherson take to Facebook or Twitter to remind people to lock their homes and cars, remove valuables, and close garage doors.

Lt. Ben Graber of the Andover Police Department says the nightly reminders are an easy way to help reduce crimes of opportunity.

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On Sunday, the Wichita Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man involved in what they call a terroristic threat.

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Due to an uptick in car break-ins, the Wichita Police Department is warning gun owners to be vigilant when storing a firearm in their vehicles.

Wichita police say so far this year, thieves have stolen 78 guns out of cars throughout the city.

The break-ins have happened in retail parking lots, along city streets and in home driveways.

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says if you have to leave a gun in a vehicle, take extra precaution.

"Have a lock box, have that extra safety measure, have a lock around your gun – that could be a major deterrent," she says.

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A huge majority of Kansans say that the penalties for most nonviolent drug possession crimes should be reduced.

The ACLU poll shows that 86 percent of Kansans either strongly support, or somewhat support, reducing all nonviolent drug possession from felonies to misdemeanors as a way to reduce the prison population in the state.

Kansas prisons are at about 101 percent capacity, and six out of ten respondents say they would rather reduce the population rather than build new prisons.