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The Kansas City Police Department has quietly changed its training for responding to volatile situations, arming officers with something other than a gun: distance, discretion and diplomacy.

Even as the backlash from the high-profile police shooting in Ferguson continues to reverberate on the other side of Missouri, Kansas City has already instituted what’s called “tactical disengagement.”

The idea of a unified metro-wide emergency dispatch system for area law enforcement got a first hearing in a Kansas City council committee Wednesday. 

Assistant City Manager Mike Schumacher told the public safety committee that with existing separate dispatch systems, a crime can occur within a block of a police car, but those officers don't get a call because the need is in a different municipality. And the dispatcher for that municipality doesn't even know the officers are close.

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In the wake of unrest in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri, the Kansas City Police Department held a community peace rally at Linwood and Prospect Saturday morning.

Mayor Sly James told the crowd of several dozen police officers, community members and city council members that keeping the city peaceful will require a continued cooperative effort.

"The issues that arose in Ferguson are not unique to Ferguson," James said. "The issues can arise here just as easily, just as quickly, if we are not vigilant."

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Kansas City, Missouri police helicopters will be able to transmit bird's eye video like media news and traffic copters.

The city has received a nearly $66,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to pay three-fourths of the cost of video capabilities many citizens may have thought the police already had.

Liaison officer Eric Winebrenner explained the downlink system to city council members.

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At a Kansas City Police Department community listening session Saturday, Chief Darryl Forté said it’s “highly likely” that officers will wear body cameras soon.

Forté has called together a community work group to gather information on what camera services are best for the department, but said he doesn’t have a specific schedule at this time.

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In light of protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of Michael Brown, Kansas City leaders held a panel Saturday centered around a big question for people of color: What should I do when I am stopped by the police?

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The Kansas City Police Department has long struggled to get information about violent crimes from community members because of a host of reasons, including fear of retaliation. In a couple of recent high-profile cases, suspects were apprehended thanks in large part to community-based efforts.

 

On Tuesday's Central Standard, we spoke to Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté about these recent cases, and checked in on the state of policing in our community.

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When Darryl Forté was sworn in as Kansas City Police Department chief in 2011, it was a landmark moment. 

Forté is the first African American to lead the police department in the city's history.

Since then, Forté and the rest of the police department have had their hands full, with homicide rates that have routinely ranked within the top 10 worst cities in America

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Kansas City's police chief answered questions about bias in enforcement of the city's youth curfew Wednesday. Chief Darryl Forte gave his report to a city council committee.

Only 62 young people were hauled in city-wide for curfew violations last year, and only 20 of those involved congregating and rowdy behavior in entertainment districts.

But the fact that about 90 percent were African-American caused concern for some council members. Chief Forte' said those concerns were unfounded.

Thieves Use Aluminum Foil To Scam Businesses

Sep 24, 2013
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Businesses in Kansas City are targets of a fraud game that keeps credit card purchases from going through while the merchant  thinks they have.  

Police says the scam involves using aluminum foil to cover the satellite dish used to transmit credit card transactions.

Fraud squad Sergeant Rob Rickett said the foil fools the  computer system into thinking transactions are being recorded.  He says the people wrapping the satellites in foil may only be part of the problem.

Like any metropolitan city, crime and violence are unfortunately a reality of life in Kansas City. Recently, the KCPD joined forces with many across the metro to organize the NOVA project, an initiative to combat gang violence in Kansas City.

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A Kansas City city council committee is talking tougher on property at the site of the new East Patrol police campus between Brooklyn and Prospect off of 27th Street.

Johnson County public works moves into two new, green buildings.  Kansas City police try to curb texting while driving.    It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Kansas City has tried many programs to reduce violent crime.  But despite them all, the first 5 months of 2012 have seen more violent crime than in many recent years.

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Kansas City shifts strategies on how to deal with violent crime.  Missouri lawmakers take on everything from workers’ compensation to keeping the Jayhawk off of Missouri license plates.  That and more from KCUR.

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:

  • President In Kansas Calls For Unified Economic Fix
  • Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time
  • Judge Won’t Dismiss Missouri Auditor’s Lawsuit Against Nixon
  • KCPD Doubles Response to Gangs

Kansas City, MO – Updated at 11:33am September 14, 2010.

An appearance by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at Penn Valley Community College scheduled for this morning has been canceled following a stabbing there. A dean at Penn Valley was stabbed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Humanities building.

Kansas City Police Captain Rich Lockhart says witnesses report the man was in his twenties and wearing all black.

"The Slows" Endure in Northland PD

Aug 26, 2010
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Kansas City, MO – It takes, on-average, six minutes for Kansas City Police to arrive when sent on a top emergency call . But the board of Police Commissioners was told today response time in Kansas City-North will always be slower.

When averaged out, time between a 9-1-1- call and arrival at a destination in the Northland is close to 7 minutes. Sometimes it's 15 minutes.

Sparring Assured In PD Expansion

Jun 29, 2010

Kansas City, MO – Not one, but two proposals are now on the table to maintain and grow the Kansas City Police Department into the next decade and beyond.

The department's governing board today started looking at Chief Jim Corwin's plan for a renewed public safety sales tax.

Kansas City, MO – Wednesday marked the ribbon cutting for the new Metro Patrol Division Station of the Kansas City police department. The 28,000-square-foot facility at 75th and Prospect is much larger and more modern than the old Metro Patrol Station on 63rd Street.

The Metro Patrol covers the area between 47th and 95th Streets. It's in Councilman Terry Riley's District, and he told the crowd that the new building will kick-start re-development along the Prospect corridor.

Tweets And Cells Unfriendly To PD

Jun 9, 2010

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City and its police department need to combat lies spread by social media before frenzies take hold. The message is from Councilwoman Cindy Circo.

During a Council committee meeting today, Deputy Police Chief Cy Ritter said rumors have spread that traffic checkpoints have snarled flow of cars for hours, when it was really five minutes. Ritter cited a recent checkpoint looking for unlicensed drivers on Barry Road east of I-29.

Kansas City, Mo. – Modern DNA technology was unheard of in the 1970s as police in two Missouri cities struggled to find and stop a man who was attacking women. KCUR news has learned it was a mainstay of crime detection that led investigators in one town to help counterparts in the other. The common denominator is the man now charged in 1980s attacks around Kansas City's Waldo District.

Bernard Jackson stands charged in Kansas City with four rapes committed in 1983 and 1984. They are accusations, not convictions.

Copter, Police Stations Trump Squad Cars

Apr 27, 2010
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Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City Police Department would spend more money on new buildings and hardware and less on new cars under a plan readjusted by Chief Jim Corwin.