Saturday, August 05, 2017
TKC QUESTION: SHOULD NEW CHIEF WORK TOWARD KCPD LOCAL CONTROL?!?!
Behind the scenes there's a lot of talk about the future of Kansas City Police governance amid the current homicide spike.
To wit . . .
THE MOVE TOWARD KCPD LOCAL CONTROL IS UNDERWAY AGAIN AND INSIDERS LOOK TO THE NEW CHIEF FOR GUIDANCE!!!
A few years ago this idea was shut down but the threat of a statewide vote emerged late last year and will soon resurface.
Here's a quick rundown . . .
- Kansas City rank & file and some members of the FOP have flip-flopped and now support the local control effort because it will give them even more room to operate politically.
- Conservatives have also pulled a switcheroo on this topic . . . However, they still (naively) accept a pipe-dream proposal that promises to keep the KCPD pensions away from City Hall - Which will be impossible to enforce further down the line and once the hand-off occurs.
- A loose coalition of lawyers, political consultants and grassroots leaders are all excited about the new opportunity to move the prospect of KCPD local control forward given that Kansas City has the only police department in the country that’s controlled by the state and not the city.
The debate looks more like an inevitability as some of the more thoughtful locals are looking toward a governance model that focuses on City Council and Mayoral appointments to a bigger police board.
And so we ask . . .
IS LOCAL CONTROL OF THE KCPD A NEW HOPE OR A RECIPE FOR DISASTER?!?!?
The only disappointing factor in this conversation is that nobody ever brings up the very real RISK OF CORRUPTION -- the reason that control was stripped away back in the 30s . . . We like to pretend that's a long ago phenomena and don't view the current 12th & Oak large scale corporate patronage as remarkably similar to the graft which defined the Pendergast era.
You decide . . .