Wichita Police to have new 'use-of-force' training

Published: Jan. 19, 2018 at 10:42 PM CST
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We continue asking questions more than four weeks after an unarmed man was shot and killed by police responding to a fake emergency call.

An officer shot and killed Andrew Finch when police say they believed he was reaching for a weapon.

The training bureau commander, Captain Brian White, says they always look at their procedures after incidents like the deadly swatting call.

"That's what we're going to do with this, We're going to take a closer examination of this incident and say how can we manage things better," he says.

Captain White says first of all, they want to avoid use of force.

"You want to be able to talk the situation down so you don't have to use, use of force," he says.

Training is changing.

"What we had done typically for many years is we'd sit down in a classroom, we'd give a lecture and everyone would just walk out the door, right?" White says.

Now, Captain Brian White says their training is more hands on.

"We can even videotape the training, and we can play it back to them, and folks can learn from those experiences as well," he says.

They are also looking at less-than-lethal weapons.

"And we have Tasers, and 40 mil launch round with is foam, that we can use, and we also have beanbag rounds,” says White.

Wichita police will also begin a whole different round of training this year that also addresses use of force.

"Supported by the Department of Justice it's called T-3 training, it's tact, tactics and trust, and essentially it is about deescalation, how to manage use of force," White says.

Wichita police say 18 less-than-lethal weapons systems have been purchased and officers will begin training with them in February.