Monday, July 20, 2020

KCPD Talks Tough Budget Cuts

The top cop discusses the impact of slashing police budgets in the midst of a historic crime wave . . . Checkit:

KCPD chief: Budget cuts would affect those most in need

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Residents who most need police services would be the ones most affected by budget cuts to the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department, according to Chief Rick Smith. KCPD is among the city services working to find a way to reduce its budget by 4.5% due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

20 comments:

Bandit Darville said...

Not a problem. They can just move in with the mayor.

Anonymous said...

It’s not that bad. Early retirements and hiring freeze cover a major portion. Eliminate travel to out of state training and academies. Take away take home cars for officers not on call for emergency response. No pay raises.

Anonymous said...

^^^^@8:03

No pay raises? Apparently you don't know what they go through each day and you say no pay raises. Get off your ass and police the streets yourself. MORON

Anonymous said...

^^^^1 in 4 Americans are out of work right now. Jobs have been lost that may never come back. No pay raise is better than no job. Every budget has to be cut. Every area has to see a reduction. Tax revenue and property taxes have been greatly reduced since COVID. If not raises, what then?

Anonymous said...

We are all in this together (unless you are the police). The revenue shortfalls for KCMO will be well in excess of the current numbers, numbers developed based on the 2008 financial crisis by the budget manager that has since departed the city for greener pastures. The budget crisis will require well in excess of the 4.5% currently highlighted. The police and the police union are their own worst enemies. KCMO cannot afford the current police force.

Anonymous said...

Property taxes reduced show me where!

Anonymous said...

Don’t call the police! Take care of it yourself !

Anonymous said...

@8:39 defaults on mortgages, evictions and people not having money due to the economy to buy a house will all factor into a reduction in tax revenue from property taxes being received by the city.

Anonymous said...

@8:41 I'm going to assume you don't live in KC or have had to call the police recently.

1. You dial 911 and more often than not you receive a message to hold. I've seen this range from 30 seconds to over 6 minutes when I've called.

2. Then an officer has to be available to send to you and often times zones are completely blacked out for several minutes and even longer at peak times.

3. The importance of your call has to be weighed with other emergency calls so at times they will tell you it could be four hours before they respond if then.

So you are right. We have to be prepared to do things on our own whether that is stop the bleeding, CPR, or engaging an armed intruder. The current state of police affairs in this city is not what you see on television shows 911 or COPS. So why give them millions and millions without accountability.

Anonymous said...

I forgot too mention in an earlier comment. The amount of money KCPD spends on their legal department defending police misconduct and the amount of money spent by KCPD in legal settlements is enough to cover most of the budget shortfall if the police would just stop allowing bad apples to be on the street.

Bandit Darville said...

How about the Mayor and shitty council forgoing their salaries?

Anonymous said...

^^or Boomers forgetting to sit on blogs all day?

Anonymous said...

the "debated" salary reductions for the mayor and city council wouldn't equal the overtime of one ambulance driver; the one ambulance drive caught sleeping on the overtime shift over and over and over again without consequence. The issue is the police and fire unions. Neither police nor fire have the best interests of KCMO.

Anonymous said...

The overtime of one fire staff exceeded the salary of the mayor...

Bandit Darville said...

The mayor is overpaid by 100%

Anonymous said...

Its time for cost cutting at KCPD. The Captains and above all make six figures so start there. Sergeants 70,000 to 90,000 a year, how many do we really need? Cars, didn't need to be risked at the Plaza protest when they could have been parked in American Century's underground garage to protect them. Take away the Chief's credit card for meals and other expenses. Outsource the legal department. Eliminate parking control. etc etc etc

Anonymous said...

Let's cut cradle to grave welfare entitlements instead.

Anonymous said...

Stop all police activity in the shithole ghetto. That costs more than anything and those people don’t want them there anyway.

Anonymous said...

Nick the fireman works 6 shifts a day as paramedic. Makes 300K a year because other medics won't work the urban core. That's fine...because the rest of the medics don't want to run 10-12 runs per day in a very hostile environment. If you don't like it...don't complain when the ambulance or fire truck shows up late. Nick will be there counting his hours and cash!

Anonymous said...

sorry..he works 6 shifts a week.