TKC EXCLUSIVE MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE FEARS 'DEVASTATING' CONSEQUENCES OF NEW CITY HALL FIVE YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN!!!
Conservatives often talk about support for police and here's a unique and TKC EXCLUSIVE to discuss the public safety priority as our blog community focuses on this issue FIRST and sets the agenda for City Hall.
To wit . . .
EXCLUSIVE KANSAS CITY BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT: THE KANSAS CITY FRATERNAL ORDER WARNS OF DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES AND SEYZ 'OUR CITY WILL SUFFER' AMID MORE CUTBACKS PLANNED FOR POLICE!!!
We struggled with this one because it was sent out later in the evening . . . We'll continue doing more research for the overnight but figured it was important to put this on blast FIRST for our bloggy community.
Here's the word . . .
Statement from the Kansas City Fraternal Order Of Police . . .
Police services in Kansas City rank 2nd among citizens in order of importance but yet as violent crimes soar, the number of police officers on the streets continues to decline. So far this year 93 people have been killed in our city. Despite the growing concerns by the public the city is doing nothing to aid in the recruitment and retention of qualified officers.
The city just released its five year financial plan and if passed we fear it could have devastating consequences, not just for the department, but also the public.
Police payroll is the only department seeing just a 2% increase for the next 5 years. With current costs the department will not be able to provide cost of living increases for officers or hire additional officers desperately needed. Meanwhile government, public works and neighborhoods and health employees are on track for 2.5% increases for the next 3 years.
Firefighters will see a 4.7 percent increase if the current proposal passes, increases that are not only appropriate but necessary.
As of September the police department had just 1327 sworn police officers, the fewest number of officers since 2011. A decade ago in 2007 we had 1423 police officers protecting our city . . .
It is time our city recognizes what’s happening around the nation and right here in Kansas City. You will not reduce crime by reducing the number of officers on the force. The Chicago Police Department recently announced plans to hire more than 500 additional officers to deal with the violent crime surge. These are newly created positions, not openings which already exist. Those too will be filled.
Unless our department gets the funding and support needed to match our crime problem our citizens, our city will suffer . . .
Read the memo in its entirety here . . .
Accordingly, we hope to revisit this subject for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!