Thursday, October 05, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE CHIEF TALKS LAS VEGAS MASSACRE AFTERMATH: KCPD READY TO RESPOND!!!
The nation struggles to come to terms with the implications of a modern day American massacre and the latest post from KCPD Chief Richard C. Smith attempts to offer reassurance to local residents.
Checkit . . .
Chief Smith's Blog: The KCPD and our regional partners are ready respond to all critical incidents
Opening line . . .
"We are all still reeling from and horrified by the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that happened in Las Vegas on Sunday night. That kind of act will never make sense. When something like this happens, we often wonder, “Could that happen to me? Could that happen in Kansas City?” Unfortunately, this is a possibility in any city in America, or in the world.
"The Kansas City Missouri Police Department constantly trains for the possibility that it could. You should be confident that the Department is ready to respond to any type of critical incident and to coordinate with regional resources, if necessary."
The Chief goes on to offer some important tactical deets and highlights local resources and regional cooperation.
The conclusion of the Kansas City top cop . . .
"We realize events like this can be traumatizing to many individuals. I’m sure some would think about going to an outdoor concert differently than they did prior to this event. But don’t let evil win. Don’t change your lifestyle or refrain from participating in events you enjoy. Stay vigilant; if you see something say something to help keep others safe, so we all can continue to enjoy the freedom this country offers.
"Our hearts are with everyone who was impacted by the horrible events that occurred in Las Vegas, including the first responders who ran toward the gunfire and had to endure such carnage. Rest assured, the members of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department are ready to do the same."
Still, the point of this blog isn't just to regurgitate the words of an appointed official . . . Our job and the job of this blog community is to critically examine statements from local people in power.
To wit . . .
IS CONFIDENCE IN THE KCPD RESPONSE TO THE THREAT OF A MASSACRE MISPLACED GIVEN THE CURRENT 2017 HOMICIDE SPIKE???
An off-duty suburban cop was shot and killed in the middle of Westport this Summer and that kind of brazen gunfire is a challenge which typically confronts KCPD.
Let's not forget that local politicos are eager to challenge KCPD with allegations of police brutality and continued protest as "City Hall Control" turns into a movement hope change the power structure of the department from within.
Also, even the KCPD understand the limits of their popularity given the nature of their job as this tweet seems to stipulate that they'll never be as popular as firefighters.
Finally, police struggle to put more officers on the street and even a recent ask this week for more dispatchers confronts a slow response from City Hall.
Don't misunderstand . . . This is debate and the threat of battles against gunmen is something that we desperately want police to win HOWEVER . . . Every confident statement from authorities must face scrutiny given the increasing frequency of those reassurances in an era of continual deadly mass shootings.
You decide . . .