TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KCPD CHIEF FORTÉ TALKS TO THE KANSAS CITY LATINO COALITION!!!
This morning KCPD Chief Darryl Forté gave an energetic and informative presentation to the Latino Coalition of Kansas City.
And so . . .
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOP TEN TAKEAWAYS FROM THE CHIEF'S TALK TODAY!!!
The Chief answered questions and covered A LOT of ground. I did my best to take notes via my not-so-smart phone and here's what I learned . . .
1. KCPD Chief Forté Continues To Show Up To EVERY Homicide Scene In Kansas City.
2. Chief Forté Credits Increased Community Policing Efforts With The Fact That There Hasn't Been A Homicide On The Westside This Year Despite Increased Gang Activity.
3. Calls To Police Have Risen By Nearly 4000 - The Chief Notes This As A Positive Sign And Says It Proves People Are More Willing To Cooperate With Police.
4. The Chief Continues His Effort To Create A "Culture Of Diversity" Within The Department.
This is worth a bit more explanation . . . In what I thought was a controversial statement, the Chief Forté not only noted disappointing numbers for Latinos in the department but also informed us that there was not a single Latino in an executive position @ The KCPD i.e. No Latino Commanders.
Here's an interesting quote from The Chief on the subject of diversity within the Dept.:
Chief Forté: "The system is not fair and the numbers prove it"
5. KCPD is prepared to implement Shot Spotter Tech and even expand the program.
6. KCPD Chief Forté: "The Hotspot program will remain in action as long as I am with the department."
7. There is an effort to increase narcotics busts on Kansas City streets that has proven successful along with renewed efforts to take illegal guns off the street.
8. KCPD Chief Forté spoke of a good working relationship with Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
9. BREAKING NEWS . . . The Chief plans to continue community forums AND create a forum where officers meet with command staff.
10. More BREAKING NEWS . . . The Chief spoke of controversial upcoming hires that might stir controversy. There weren't a lot of details but he noted the hires were part of increased community outreach.
There's even more to report about this talk and we're also hearing about the pushback that Chief Forté readily acknowledged.
DEVELOPING . . .