Tuesday, February 25, 2020
TKC MUST READ!!! KCPD CHIEF PLEADS FOR MORE COPS IN CITY HALL BUDGET!!!
This week OUR KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY has served as the only local media outlet to push back against irresponsible dead-tree media advocacy against support for police in the midst of a deadly crime wave.
Now, a local power player joins the conversation . . .
CHECK KCPD CHIEF SMITH FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE KANSAS CITY STAR TARGETING THE POLICE BUDGET!!!
We've posted a couple of times on this topic and one of the more interesting theories that has arisen believes the newspaper effort for local control goes hand in hand with their stingy budget strategy . . . Strange (weird) given the paper's record of supporting almost every local tax increase.
Nevertheless, this word from the top cop provides an important fact check and counterpoint to MSM writing which not only contradicts outcry from residents but also opposes the position of local police leaders:
KCPD Chief: To curb violence, more officers are needed
Here's the premise:
"It’s budget time again in Kansas City, and as our budget comprises nearly 38% of the City’s general fund, there has understandably been a lot of discussion about it, and there should be. Board of Police Commissioners President Nathan Garrett stated at last week’s Board meeting that KCPD needs more officers than the ten additional officer positions currently in the City’s proposed budget.
"The Kansas City Star published an editorial Monday stating KCPD does not need 65 more police officers, which is a number Commissioner Garrett cited at the meeting. That would bring us up to 1,400 total officer positions. After Kansas City’s 1968 riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., then-Mayor Ilus Davis convened a Commission on Civil Disorder. The report recommended in August 1968 that KCPD should have 1,500 officers. That was more than 50 years ago, and we have never met that goal.
"This department has made many efforts to enhance relationships with the community, but with our current staffing, officers are primarily limited to responding to 911 calls. This limits proactive and community policing . . .
"This police department takes financial responsibility very seriously. We’re not looking to take over the city. We’re trying to find ways to address the violent crime issue in a way that is both reasonable and effective. Adding police officers is one of the only proven ways to do so that is within our control. This is discussed in the book Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt."
Read the Chief's post in its entirety
You decide . . .