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Police officers, body cameras coming to the Shawnee Police Department

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The police chief says the city of Shawnee has continued to grow but the number of police officers has not increased with the population. (KCTV5) The police chief says the city of Shawnee has continued to grow but the number of police officers has not increased with the population. (KCTV5)
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

Body cameras and new police officers are coming to the city of Shawnee thanks to federal funding.

The police chief says the city of Shawnee has continued to grow but the number of police officers has not increased with the population.

City council members unanimously voted to accept the federal grants. 

The Department of Justice awarded the city of Shawnee $625,000 over a three-year period to help pay for five new community policing officers. 

The grant provides up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for a three-year period.  It requires a minimum 25 percent local cash match.

The Department of Justice also awarded the Shawnee Police Department with a $44,003 grant to get a body camera for all Patrol Officers.The grant requires a 50 percent local cash match.

The chief says they will begin recruiting for the five new officer positions.

“The population has increased 13,000-14,000 over the past 14 years since we've seen an increase in police staffing,” Shawnee Police Chief Rob Moser said. “Actually, police staffing as decreased over that time. So these five officers are going to be a great shot in the arm for this community.”

As for the body cameras for every patrol officer, the chief says those cameras will help with the successful prosecution of cases, will improve transparency and officer accountability.

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