Wichita PD, Sedgwick Co Sheriff's Office, KBI working on team to investigate officer-involved shootings

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and the KBI are working to form a team of law enforcement officers to investigate officer-involved shootings.

Wichita Police Officer Charley Davidson said it's "very early" in the process but the team is something Chief Gordon Ramsay is pushing for to better handle officer-involved shootings in the future.

"Chief Ramsay is a big proponent of transparency and accountability," Officer Davidson said which is why he said Chief Ramsay is so interested in creating this team.

Right now, Davidson said the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation don't have the resources to investigate and handle every officer-involved shooting that happens. He said this team would alleviate that constraint and allow for more transparency.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Lieutenant Timothy Myers said he thinks everyone in law enforcement wants transparency, including the sheriff's office. He also said this idea will allow for, "a go-to team with experience" who will handle all the shootings that happen.

Again, this team is in the early stages and has not been created yet. The county district attorney will still determine if an officer will face any criminal charges in a case.