TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS PROPOSE POLICE DEPT. AUDIT AMID SEARCH FOR NEW CHIEF!!!
Check this alternative view of the Police Chief search currently underway along with a couple of suggestions from Kansas City's most prolific group of low tax enthusiasts:
CFRG POLICE CHIEF SUGGESTIONS
We are all disappointed to see Chief Forte decide to retire. We thank him for his service and dedication and wish him all the best. As with most situations like this, it opens up opportunities. The Kansas City Police Department has struggled with dwindling budgets, fewer officers, high crime numbers, lack of local control and other political issues. On Sunday April 2nd, the KC Star suggested we need to hire an outside agency to help find a new Chief. This is premature, in our opinion. We suggest we need to do is use this opportunity to analyze the Police Department from top to bottom before we hire a new Chief. City Hall has spent over $12 Million dollars on airport consultants to tell them what they wanted to hear. Why not spend a little money and get some professional, outside experts in town to look at our police department?
Perhaps there is a local police officer capable of taking over the department but that might get us more of the same high crime problems? Why not get some fresh eyes on the situation and a different perspective? Two names come to mind, Ray Kelly and Bill Bratton both from New York. These guys were responsible for bringing the New York Police Department into the modern era. They supervised over 25,000 officers (Kansas City has less than 1,000) in one of the toughest cities in the country and were able to bring crime under control and keep it there. They have a world of knowledge and experience we just might be able to learn from. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to get a different perspective on our situation. Let’s use this opportunity to GET IT RIGHT!
Call and Email your Council Person, the Mayor and the City Manager. Hiring an agency to look for a new Chief is just putting a band aid on a serious wound. With that approach, we’ll get a talking head with a brilliant resume and end up with the same structure and problems. Let’s take this opportunity to get a real handle on how the department is staffed and structured plus what changes might be made to improve things. If asked perhaps one or both Kelly and Bratton would help with the recruitment process. Fresh eyes f4rom the outside are never a bad thing. We don’t have anything to lose and possibly a lot to gain!.
If we are able to get a new plan for our Police Department, it might go a long way toward getting local control.
Citizens for Responsible Government