Wednesday, November 21, 2012
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CRACKDOWN ON COMMUNICATION AND COMPLAINTS FROM KCPD RANK & FILE!!!
It's troubling to hear that criticism and discontent from KCPD rank and file officers has allegedly been met with a crackdown on communication.
To wit . . .
NUMEROUS REPORTS FROM KANSAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT INSIDERS CONFIRM THAT MANAGEMENT DOESN'T WANT THE RANK AND FILE MEMBERS OF THE KCPD TO ENGAGE IN CRITICISM ON THE INTERNETS!!!
By and large we understand this and it's a tactic that's tried and true in the biz world. But KC's police department is not a biz . . . They're on the front lines of public safety in Kansas City and a great deal of info regarding the department should be part of the local discourse.
Here's just some of what we're hearing back . . .
* We've blogged about and heard a bit more detail on "The November Brain Drain" @ The KCPD and several really great officers have called it quits during this month or moved on to other nearby departments.
* Local Control Discontent - We're moving closer to the reality of local control in Kansas City and I've yet to meet, talk to or hear from ANY member of the KCPD rank & file who thinks this is a good idea.
* And yes . . . Sadly, we've heard talk of a KCPD COMPUTER BLOCK ON TKC and the order coming straight from the TOP COP himself. I'm not gonna make a big deal of it because this isn't about TKC . . . Public safety and the sentiments of the rank and file are FAR MORE IMPORTANT than this dump of a blog. And, realistically, an increasing number of people are looking at this site on their smartphones anyhoo . . . So, we've really moved beyond a point where office blocks are effective.
For these reasons and so many more the alleged crackdown on communication and discontent from the rank and file is disturbing . . . Insiders tell us that this move is worsening morale that's already hitting bottom.
I won't pretend to give any advice on this subject but it's important for everyone know that WORD ALWAYS GETS OUT . . . What's worse is that new KCPD leadership started out wanting to encourage more discourse and communication between the community and department . . . Unfortunately, that sentiment doesn't seem to apply to conversation and some important criticism from the rank & file.
DEVELOPING . . .