Pet code enforcement proves to be controversial and yet another topic where police leaders don't agree with 12th & Oak.
Here's an overview of the debate . . .
On Feb. 8, Smith sent the letter to Kansas City Municipal Court Judges Todd Wilcher and Archie Bland, and said KCPD would not be assisting KC Pet Project in conducting them.
"I am notifying you that until the concerns of safety and authority are resolved and in the interest of safety for everyone, KCPD will not initiate, execute, or provide assistance in the execution of any such search warrants," Smith said in the letter.
However, KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas responded saying officers are required by local state law to assist in such warrants. Lucas sent a letter of his own to the KCMO Board of Police of Commissioners. According to Lucas, Smith's letter violated Chapter 14 of the Municipal Code of Ordinances.Chapter 14 states that "it shall be the duty of the police department to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and assist the supervisor of animal health and public safety in enforcing the provisions of this chapter."
Our TKC hot take . . .
The Top Cop knows his biz better than Mayor Q. That's an ongoing KCMO theme.
Moreover . . .
Over the years, so many reports about dogs getting shot after police answer complaints lead us to believe that KCPD picking up after pooches needs to be reconsidered by our community overall.
Moreover, we're kind of interested to know what our blog community and locals think about this debate before we come to a conclusion.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department Chief Rick Smith penned a letter to officials opposing KCPD officers in assisting with search warrants that the Kansas City Pet Project conducts. On Feb. 8, Smith sent the letter to Kansas City Municipal Court Judges Todd Wilcher and Archie Bland, and said KCPD would not be assisting KC Pet Project in conducting them.