Friday, June 02, 2017
TKC QUESTION: LOW KCPD MORALE CONTRIBUTING TO HOMICIDE SPIKE?!?!
After talking to a few members of the KCPD and other insiders who also chat with police there's a noticable trend in the conversation . . .
LIKE IT OR NOT, SOME DENIZENS OF THE KCPD COMPLAIN ABOUT THE PALTRY LEVEL OF LOCAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR WORK AMID THE CURRENT HOMICIDE CRISIS!!!
A few supporting arguments . . .
- KCPD confronts increasing legal complaints and criticism from local activists.
- The number of Kansas City police on local streets remains at a record low.
- Some insiders claim the department has become increasingly politicized in the aftermath of the former Administration.
- The leadership change and search for a new Chief has become increasingly contentious behind the scenes with the prospect of the Gov. Greitens Administration threatening a move to influence the choice of the next Chief.
- KCPD has been excluded from most civic anti-violence planning. Example: A recent Mayor's task force didn't include one member of law enforcement.
For these reasons and many, many more . . . Our blog community doesn't deny the Ferguson Effect . . . Instead, we simply suggest that there are also many "uniquely Kansas City" factors that have also influenced increased law enforcement complaints.
And none of this is to suggest that police aren't doing their jobs valiantly but simply to acknowledge that cops are just as human as anybody else and their performance is impacted by the level of local support or lack thereof.
You decide . . .