TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CONTROVERSY OVER KCPD DIRECTIVE THAT MIGHT VIOLATE MISSOURI STATUTE!!! SOME KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS CLAIM POLICE SIRENS MAKE THEM FEEL SAFER!!!
Take a look at a controversy brewing within the KCPD which all of Kansas City will soon hear on local streets.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY POLICE INSIDERS NOTE CONTROVERSY REGARDING A RECENT DIRECTIVE ENCOURAGING THE USE OF SIRENS IN NON-EMERGENCY SITUATIONS - A VIOLATION OF A MISSOURI STATUTE!!!
This message is encouraging because it shows us that the KCPD rank and file are vigilant about upholding the law, even as it applies to them.
Here's the response to the directive . . .
"Take a look at yet another knee jerk reaction by Chief Forte. This email came straight from ########## in charge of the patrol bureau, which for those who do not know, (supervises) the marked cars you see on the street and who respond to 911 calls primarily. He wants Sergeants to respond lights and sirens on every call they go on, even if there is no emergency, all because the urban core will feel safer."
Now . . . Here's an explanation of how the Missouri statue in question . . .
"This is in violation of Missouri state statute 304.022 subsection 5, which states, 'the driver of any vehicle referred to in subsection 4 shall not sound the siren or have front red and blue lights on except when responding to an emergency call or in pursuit of an actual law violator.'"
Again . . . Here is the part of the message that reflects leadership controversy within the KCPD . . .
"This is what passes for leadership? The top cop who doesn't know the law, and all of his commanders too stupid or gutless to stand up and say "This isn't a good idea, Sir." Anyone wonder why morale is bad? There is no leadership! This is just the latest in a long list of new ideas he institutes that are baseless yet he says the reason its not popular is because we don't like change, well I say you be the judge."
And so . . .
READ THE E-MAIL KCPD DIRECTIVE THAT ENCOURAGES USE OF POLICE SIRENS IN NON-EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WHICH COULD VIOLATE A MISSOURI STATUTE!!!
Check it . . .
Also during our meeting yesterday, it was decided that effective immediately, sergeants are to respond Code 1 on all calls they go on. Chief Forté said that people in the urban core like to hear police sirens in their neighborhoods because it makes them feel safer and that the police are more responsive. It also lets them know that if someone is committing a crime in their neighborhood, it is likely they will run away when they hear a siren. Please advise your sergeants and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.
Another email attempt to clarify the directive . . .
FYI...this is on all calls...even if the officers are requesting a sergeant for a field test...sorry to communicate this via email...the Chief has received some feedback from the community that they like sirens in their community...I know I am not doing the Chief's message justice; however, if you or your folks have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
And now it's up to you . . . Do police sirens make you feel safer?
The only thing we know for sure is that there are very serious questions and concerns stirring within the KCPD. It's important for the public to see and hear about this debate that starts but does not end with more sirens blaring on Kansas City streets.