Wednesday, August 14, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY $25K HOMICIDE TIP REWARD FUND HIJACKS ONE MILLION BUCKS FROM CITY HALL GENERAL FUND!!! CRITICS QUESTION EXTRAVAGANT SPENDING FOR UNPROVEN INITIATIVE!!!
One month after the KCPD Chief announced an expensive plan to fight against violent gun crime in Kansas City there has been little evidence of its effectiveness.
In late June, the anonymous reward amount for successful homicide tips more than doubled from $10,000 to $25,000 in cooperation the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIP Hotline.
Sadly, neither authorities nor politicos would answer many questions about who would pay for the effort. There was some mention of private financing which has yet to materialize.
Instead . . .
KANSAS CITY TAXPAYERS PAY ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO START THE PROGRAM THAT HASN'T ENJOYED AN EFFECTIVE DEBUT!!!
Check the documentation:
Ordinance 190638: "Reducing the Contingent Appropriation in the General Fund by $1,000,000.00; appropriating $1,000,000.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the General Fund for Crimestoppers TIPs Hotline for Kansas City Police; and designating requisitioning authority."
Police tout an information uptick as a sign of effectiveness, they claim: "Since the increase in the reward to $25,000.00, there have been 58 tips submitted on Kansas City, Missouri, homicides compared to the previous month with the lower reward when there were 23 homicide tips."
However . . .
Locally, the hope this cash bump would provide a deterrent to crime has been completely debunked.
Since the announcement KCMO has suffered a HORRIFIC MURDER SPIKE that includes the murder of an innocent woman in the Crossroads and the recent slaughter of a sleeping 8-year-old. In the later homicide, the boy's home was sprayed with more than 2-dozen-bullets but so far there hasn't been much information given to the public, activists are pleading for information and so-far there's no suspect ID.
Kansas City, Missouri is now on a record pace for homicides in 2019 and will likely break an all-time record if local murders continue along this trend line.
Accordingly, today KCMO insiders are taking their complaints to council . . . Here's the word:
KC Insider on this EPIC ask from the City Hall "honey pot" general fund:
"Taking one million bucks from the General Fund every year for this is insane. The program hasn't worked so far and this seems like a marketing program not an effective community policing strategy.
"Worse still, this kind of money risks making the program one of the many city hall entitlements that exists only to perpetuate itself.
"One million dollars a year would pay for a lot of police but we all know that most of this cash is going toward 'community outreach' efforts and that means advertising, PR consultants and local events. It's sad really. KC's murder problem has the potential to destroy so much progress and the "solution" given is nothing more than another pork-barrel project where the public isn't allowed to question police or anti-violence advocates who are also paid by City Hall.
"If this program worked, it would be worth defending but more than one month in and we haven't seen much impact. All we've noticed so far is a very big bill and the typical social media hype from the Communications Department at 12th & Oak. If Council really cared about crime they would scale back this requisition and ask for more proof of the reward fund efficacy going forward, not just more anti-crime advertising money."
You decide . . .