Friday, July 10, 2020
KCPD CHIEF WARNS: BUDGET CUTS CANCEL MINORITY RECRUITING CLASS!!!
The end result of the "defund the police" movement and the constraints of the new budget impacted by coronavirus will be fewer cops on Kansas city streets in the midst of a historic crime spike.
Here's a look at the numbers from the top cop . . .
KCPD Chief: Budget cuts will affect police service to those who need it most
Money line . . .
"Like so many other cities, Kansas City is facing an economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kansas City Missouri Police Department, along with all other City departments, is being asked to identify 4.5% of our budget that could be cut. For us, that’s about $10.5 million. We know that we will have to make sacrifices like everyone else, and we are actively working on the best ways to do that.
"Typically, between 85% and 90% of our budget goes to personnel costs, so personnel would have to comprise a majority of the cuts. We already had dozens of open positions that will not be filled. We are not starting the next scheduled Academy class, and probably will cancel the next three classes.
"What’s particularly unfortunate about canceling the next 30-member class is that it was to consist of 50% minority recruits. Our Employment Unit had done an excellent job recruiting people who reflect our community and come from diverse backgrounds. We hope they still will want to serve Kansas City when revenues allow them to."
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You decide . . .