TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL LADIES HEATHER HALL AND TERESA LOAR STAND UP FOR POLICE AMID CITY HALL FUNDING FIGHT!!!
Right now our blog community reveals a Kansas City public safety funding crisis that police warn could have "devastating" for local neighborhoods.
A run down of this story amid the newly released City Hall 5-Year-Financial Plan so far:
KCPD Chief Forté was first to note that "Police deserve same raises as employees of other City services.
And then . . .
From the local Fraternal order of Police: Unless our department gets the funding and support needed to match our crime problem our citizens, our city will suffer . . .
Credit to KMBC for also picking up on this City Hall funding fight. . . . And KSHB noted that police are getting the lowest raise of all city employees.
Now . . .
FIRST WORD ON TKC FROM THE CITY COUNCIL . . . CHECK NORTHLAND ELECTED OFFICIALS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF POLICE!!!
First up . . .
A Word From Kansas City's Most Strident Supporter Of Law Enforcement, Council Lady Heather Hall:
1st District Council Member Heather Hall: "I am in full support of increasing the KCPD funding to support the hiring of new patrol officers as well as funding specific needs to give our officers the proper tools to protect our citizens.
"I worry that if we allow the number of officers in the field to decrease, we will see an increase in crime and in officer fatigue, which eventually leads to increased attrition. A 2% increase is simply not adequate to run a professional and well-trained police force.
"We expect a lot of our officers. When we call, we expect them to arrive and do the job required - that's tough to do with so few officers on the streets."
Another important perspective . . .
Teresa Loar Has A Longstanding And Respected Rep For Not Backing Down From A Legislative Fight As She Considers This Issue . . .
2nd District At-Large Council Woman Teresa Loare: "I was just made aware of this today . . .There will be serious discussion this week about this ordinance among the council. I know that we will be very diligent in educating ourselves about anything that would constrain us from making good budget decisions."
Again, what's important here is that while Kansas City has been focused on a development slate . . . Police and public safety funding have been sacrificed as these city employees fight to protect their ranks during a 10-year-high local crime spike.
Developing . . .