Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer says he wants body cameras on every police officer in the city. Thursday night, community members voiced concerns and frustrations with public safety at a discussion setup to prevent what happened in Ferguson, Missouri from happening in Wichita.

Brewer responded to the community's reactions with a strong goal. "We committed that we would have this information and we would do everything in our power to be able to man up or have body cameras on 100% of our patrol officers," said Brewer.

Not only does Brewer want video evidence for all police encounters in Wichita, but he wants it by the end of the year. "We're talking about 120 days," said John Speer, Deputy Chief, Wichita Police. "That's a tall order."

Wichita Police already have four dozen body cameras, but Speer says the project means buying about 400 more and hiring staff to manage the downloading, cataloging, and retrieving process. "I just can't train immediately 450 personnel and give them all cameras and plus do the purchases as well," said Speer. "These things are going to take some time."

Outfitting every officer with a camera will cost between $1.1 - $1.5 million. WPD's recently approved budget is about $80 million, but mostly pays for salaries of more than 800 employees. Speer says the department will have to work with the city to find the money.

FactFinder12 asked Speer how the officers currently using the cameras feel about wearing them. "I can't speak to really what the officers are saying or what they think because we haven't surveyed that specifically," replied Speer. "But I hear a lot of good things about them."

He says the police department is working with the city manager and council members to get the cameras purchased and on Wichita cops as soon as possible. "It's obvious that there is a lot of really bad information out there and a lot of misinformation about our organization," said Speer. "Hopefully this is one step of many that we're going to be taking to try to clear that up."

Wichita Police have 12 more cameras already on order, which will give them a total of 60. Currently, it is up to the officer's discretion if they turn them on and Speer says they only do when they are working a call outside their car.

City Manager Robert Layton says with the cost of the cameras and the training involved, having it all in place by the end of the year may not be possible. "It's most realistic to say that by the end of the year we'll have deployed more cameras and we'll be in the process of maybe a phased implementation," said Layton. He says the body cameras will be good tools as they continue to work to gain trust in the community.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is looking at possible grants for police body cameras, but Speer says that funding will not be available in time to meet the mayor's request.