Monday, January 29, 2018

KCPD CHIEF EXPLAINS NEW PARTNERSHIP: WILL SOCIAL WORKERS SAVE KANSAS CITY FROM MORE HOMICIDES?!?!



Just a few moments ago, KCPD Chief Rick Smith offered more explanation about social workers working with the KCPD in his latest blog post.

Take a look:

KCPD Chief: Social workers coming to all patrol divisions

Money line:

The Hall Family Foundation is providing $640,000, and the City of Kansas City is matching that with $470,000 to fund six social workers and a program coordinator for the next three years. The social workers’ primary function is to provide support and act as a resource for officers through community outreach, support and service referrals.

As I said in an earlier post, we are willing to forge nontraditional partnerships that work to decrease crime in our city. People who don’t have their basic needs met will always look for alternative means. The KCPD is striving to assist with those alternative means, as opposed to criminal means.

More importantly, here's what the collabo hopes to accomplish . . .

The goals of the social worker program are to:

1. Cultivate a shared mission for service providers to work together, decreasing gaps in services and strengthening each other’s ability to influence people who need help and act as a safeguard in times of crisis.

2. Provide prevention support for youth identified as mid-level risk due to past police contact, criminal activity or escalation in crime type.

3. Increase the public’s overall satisfaction with police by offering another level of customer service and problem-solving actions to the Police Department.

Read the post in its entirety.

Now that there's more explanation of the effort the question goes out to our blog community at large . . .

WILL THE KCPD & SOCIAL WORKER COLLABO WILL HELP PREVENT MORE KANSAS CITY CRIME???

You decide . . .

51 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Some might have a knee jerk reaction but I think the overall strategy is good. Even better than that Hall foundation is picking up a great deal of the tab.

I'm sure the Chief will have his critics but this seems a lot more effective than just using Twitter like the last Chief.

Jameson said...

KC has to try something new. The rate of killing was far to great last year and the very fact that KC is out there trying new things is somewhat encouraging.

Anonymous said...

Does this strategy also include pizza parties?

Anonymous said...

^^^ Yasssssss!

Anonymous said...

Uh no. Putting violent hoodrats in jail, leaving them there, and sterilizing welfare queens will only cut down on the homicides. No feel good, social bullshit is going to do any good.

RRAST said...

Chief Smith knows there is only a certain number of perps that commit most if the mayhem in the area. By reaching out as societal issue is a start. We have tried this in the pass with grants from the government. Lets see if it can be maintained with the Halls Foundation assistance.

Anonymous said...

The last thing any street cop needs is to be saddled with an onboard social worker. What a crock of shit.

Super Dave just told me this said...

This attempt is like the old saying of wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up first.

Anonymous said...

$ 1.1 million down the drain. How much do social workers make? Better see some results.

Anonymous said...

I actually think it sounds positive. You can be sure unlike a pork initiative they will get someone capable involved, and keep their eye on what kind of results get achieved. Something has to be done, besides more of the same. Cultural change in that community, along with some additional help sound like ingredients to doing better.

Kansas City has 20 billionaires, perhaps a few of them could additionally support this initiative. About as big a threat to the positive futures of the city as anything on the radar, make a difference people.

Anonymous said...

I just want to complain about this like you guys. I hate everything everybody does because .....I don't know, I just do.

Anonymous said...

You don’t fix a violence problem with flowers. The only fix is to increase officers in high crime areas and monitor closely those with history of violence. We are so Under manned in the inter city we are lucky there are not more murders. More officers is the only fix

Anonymous said...

Kansas City has 20 billionaires. If that is true... How many live in KCMO?

Anonymous said...

They should give out free passes for the streetcar

Anonymous said...

Where’s sLIE???

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed how well sLIE worked with forte and how he’s no where to be found with smith? I have, this is obviously motivated by race, sLIE wanted another colored police chief and now that he has a white chief he’s not going to lift a finger to assist him

Anonymous said...

No^^didn't notice at all. The fact that you did means you need to buy a life!

Anonymous said...

Did we rid the city of black people?

Oh, what's that? We didn't, did we.

Then it won't work.

Anonymous said...

What happened to... Kansas City Together, Nova, CompStat, Electing a black mayor and having a black police chief....etc. They were all supposed to reduce crime through community relations and failed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the Police had a new academy, new patrol stations, new police cars, new helicopter, shot-spoter, drones.....more toys. A renewal of the Etax.

Well, the taxpayer did their part..... now the Police must start doing theirs and quit with all the boondoggles.

Anonymous said...

Paid snitch

Anonymous said...

They tried this crap back in the 90's. I remember watching the little banger criminals laughing and joking after the cops put them through a sensitivity session and said okay now you guy's behave yourselves. Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

@2:53pm hits the nail on the head.
Just keep ADDING layers of organizations, program, and spending, but never demand any accountability or results and ELIMINATE those that are not performing.
Which would be pretty much all of them.
ad Hoc, NoVa, Shot Spotter, COMPSTAT, Mothers in Charge, Aim4Peace, COMBAT, and who knows what else.
Many tens of millions of dollars EVERY YEAR for decades.
Doesn't anyone have the guts to say "enough"?

Anonymous said...

No one wants to do the hard, mean, nasty work it's going to take to get murder city cleaned up.

And homicides are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to crime here.

Anonymous said...

Hypothetically ---White dude in crisis---cop shows up with black social worker---white guy draws down and bang bang he's dead---everybody says cop had no choice--life goes on

Black dude goes crazy---cop shows up with white social worker---black dude draws down--bang bang he's dead---now anybody wanna guess the reaction to that

I can think of a few.

Anonymous said...

1:44 your an idiot

Anonymous said...

Only the black citizens can stop the black crime. Most of the trouble makers are known and need to be handled by a neighborhood group with means both legal and not so legal.

Anonymous said...

Did Giuliani have social workers when he drastically lowered crime in New York? No, but he had cops that aggressively went after criminals. He had prosecutors who put criminals away, not some worthless piece of shit like Jean Petersucker Baker

Anonymous said...

It won’t work the way they hope it will.
Anyway, I don’t see a problem with 200-300 hood rats killing 200-300 other hood rats in 2018. Encourage that to continue and try to minimize any collateral damage. Keep it in the ghetto.

Anonymous said...

Jean Petersucker Baker is doing the best she can.

Anonymous said...

Here's why this war is lost,and this whole conversation is wasted oxygen: "People who don’t have their basic needs met will always look for alternative means." We actually have someone in power who used this passive construction and its accepted message that people exist to have their needs "met." By whom, pray tell? If we've given up on the idea that people can, and should, meet their own basic needs, no amount of social workers or tough policing will fix it. Ever.

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- BREAKING AND ENTERING

I pleaded guilty to voluntary entrapment after Candice the Vice cop caught me between her thighs!!!

Super Dave said...

The blind leading the blind into more blindness. If they can't see what the issues are then how are we to expect them to come up with workable solutions.

Anonymous said...

You mean like the same type of social workers who worked for Phyllis Gilmour of KS DCF? Tell that to Adrian Jones...

Anonymous said...

^^^Ugh..Duh....I don’t know....duh me b stupid Dave. Blind leading blind to blindness....ugh.ugh dat be me. I make it up good stuff like dis...duh!

Anonymous said...

Shut up you stupid dipshit I hope SD finds you and pounds your ass.

Anonymous said...

That dipshit and shit boy showed up when Byron ran away. Coincidence?

Anonymous said...

^^^^^Good Observation and Correct.

Byron Funkhouser said...

It isn't me.

Do you never tire of being wrong?

Anonymous said...

^^^^Bullshit. You just happened to be stalking tonight?

Byron Funkhouser said...

Yes, I read this from time to time when something happens, like Skippy pleading guilty, or the Cleveland "Indians" being a little bit less racist & knowing that that will not convince you people to be less racist.

Unlike you, I don't feel the need to be anonymous, because I don't care.

Other people read & comment, but I'm a stalker & a troll.

OK, he who controls language controls the world, they say.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Or maybe, I just can't resist the desire to call assholes, assholes asshole.

Anonymous said...

Hi Byron, I see you’re still a queer.

Retro ROCKER said...

If the social worker talks to the drug dealers and the gangs. That is shooting each outher. How many times over the years. Have they had new ideas and crime is worse. Let's revisit it next year.

Anonymous said...

KCPD is a waste of money and time.

Anonymous said...

Ever notice that as soon as Byron is busted within minutes he on here under his name saying it isn't him?

Anonymous said...

Agree 100%

It all starts at home.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Typical gotcha. What happens in three years? Do we lay off the social workers because 60% of the funding disappears, or do we slide these 6 employees into another department, which will require 100% funding? You should never hire full-time employees who are paid by donation, unless you plan to continue raising the voluntary funding. Otherwise you're just sliding additional employees on the dole who will require funding later.

Anonymous said...

Fuck social workers! Lets partner up with priests so we can give last rights as we clean up the fucking thugs.

Anonymous said...

The good news is a lot of the Fat cows at KCPD retired last month.