Tonight we share a preview of the latest political gambit confronting Kansas City police that might or might not create more controversy within their ranks.
To wit . . .CHECK PROGRESSIVES ADVOCATING COVID VAXX POLITICAL SUBMISSION FROM KANSAS CITY POLICE!!!
Let's get it straight so there's no confusion . . .
TKC isn't arguing for or against the vaxx. That's a decision up to readers and their health care providers.
Instead . . .
This post merely offers a glimpse at how THE PANDEMIC POLITICS OF COVID & VAXXING is now the threatening to create yet another controversy against local law enforcement.
From the prog blog alliance, here's how the argument has been framed . . .
In a Tuesday meeting of the Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee, KCPD Chief Rick Smith told Councilwoman Katheryn Shields that a survey indicated roughly 48% of the department’s employees had been vaccinated — below Kansas City’s overall vaccination rate of 52.1% as of Tuesday.
But the police survey, conducted several months ago, was voluntary. Of the respondents, 48% indicated they were vaccinated. The department did not check how many people responded to the survey compared with its total number of employees, making it impossible to determine the true vaccination rate.
“That survey was not scientific by any means,” Sgt. Jacob Becchina told The Beacon in an email. “KCPD does not track the vaccination status of our employees.”
KCPD’s reluctance to mandate or track officer vaccination is consistent with a national trend among law enforcement. Police unions have decried mandates as having the potential to scare off current and future employees.
Context . . .
Most Kansas City residents within the city limits seem to be on board with vaxxing. And so, positioning law enforcement on the unpopular side of that argument will likely advance the arguments of progressive critics who also advocate local control and a litany of demands for a change in leadership.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
'Survey was not scientific by any means': KCPD relies on officers self-reporting COVID-19 vaccination status
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