Simple answer . . . Money.
Read this passage closely and there's a hint at the future . . .
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said the current system established in 1939 is outdated.
"We've got to work together to address violent crime long term. You have seen a board where the walls have gotten higher and higher, away from having true public input in terms of how we address issues in the future," Lucas said.
While the police union president said there is value in the current system, he said officers would benefit financially from local control.
And there it is . . .
This year's "compromise" came from giving the po-po more cash.
More money for the cops will seem them drop their opposition to 'local control' in the future.
And so . . .
We merely suggest bookmarking this post or filing it under "how did KC turn into STL???"
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
A meeting was held Wednesday to talk about the future of the Kansas City Police Department.Issues such as funding, control, and accountability were the focus of the discussion.The five panel members, with wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences, disagree on just about everything except one area, local police control has advantages."Members of the police board other than the mayor are not elected and so you can't complain to them at the ballot box as you would for any other office," said Dave Helling, a reporter for the Kansas City Star."They are accountable only to the governor.