The tech mission statement, local guv reporting and maybe a bit of future forecasting:

"To avoid redundant services and boost resources on both sides, Kansas City IT is merging with its law enforcement tech department. The sensitive nature of police work means the move is no small feat."

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Kansas City, Mo., Merges Police and City IT Efforts

City IT and police IT in Kansas City, Mo., are merging. As with any similar move, the arguments in favor are straightforward: save money by eliminating duplicative services and roles. But it's perhaps harder than in any other case to convince a law enforcement agency to open up its systems and its processes to non-law enforcement staff.


  1. The tail wagging the dog. Why would the "law enforcement agency" need to be convinced? Best guess the staffing is at least 2X the required staff.

  2. The blind leading the blind.
    Within a year there will be all sorts of "discoveries" as to why this isn't working and at least a few million more tax dollars are needed.
    The repeated outcomes of incompetence and lack of oversight are easy to predict.

  3. Giving city employees access to the police data base is a bad idea. Leaks are gonna happen.

  4. Well, @9:22, they sure as hell aren't going to give the Police access to City Employee databases, there isn't enough jail space to handle all the arrests that would be made in the first week!

  5. Huge mistake. The two systems are as different as night and day. It will only be a matter of time before city employees are releasing ultra-sensitive information to their buddies


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