Thursday, October 19, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! KCPD CHIEF PLEADS FOR BIGGER BUDGET!!! KANSAS CITY TOP COP: 'WITH OUR CURRENT STAFFING, WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE THE KIND OF SERVICE TAXPAYERS EXPECT' CONFESSIONAL!!!
Critics of Kansas City 1st responders argue that "public safety" already consumes more than half of City Hall's budget.
Last year the number crunchers at 12th & Oak reported a dangerous deficit after the latest increase for public safety.
Nevertheless . . .
CHECK THE LATEST POST FROM THE KANSAS CITY TOP COP ASKING FOR EVEN MORE CASH!!!
There's a lot of great detail and explanation which provides insight into how more funding could help the department.
Take a look:
KCPD Chief: Budget request echoes community concerns
Money line . . .
KCPD Chief Smith: Last week, our department submitted our requested budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 (which would begin May 1, 2018) to the City Manager’s Office. Ultimately, the City Council will vote on this request, as well as those from all other city departments. Our proposed budget contains requests to fund everything from fuel to employee health insurance, but there are a few major items I want to share with you.
There are requests to fund 21 new dispatcher positions and 30 new patrol officer positions. We realize this is a request for additional tax dollars, and there are many other needs in the city, as well. But with our current staffing, we are unable to provide the kind of service taxpayers expect, so I believe these additional positions would be a very wise investment. These requests have been echoed by the community . . .
I want the community to know that we are working to address the issues of timely 911 and patrol officer response, as well as the technology that makes those responses possible, like in-car computers. I look forward to working with the City staff and City Council in providing improved police service to the people of Kansas City while keeping in mind all of the city’s other needs, as well.
Read the Chief's post in its entirety.
You decide . . .