Yael T. Abouhalkah

October 9, 2013

No surprise: KC police think they’re doing a great job

Current and retired Kansas City cops have shown up at public hearings to say they are doing a great job. Actually, that intransigent attitude is a big reason control of the department needs to switch from state politicians to local citizens and elected politicians.

The first two public hearings held by a blue ribbon commission studying possible changes in the control of Kansas City’s Police Department have been pretty much wastes of time.

A paltry number of panel members has shown up to the meetings.

And current and retired cops, including former chief Jim Corwin, have been about the only “public” to show up.

Their basic message: Hey, we’re doing a great job, so don’t change anything.

Sorry, but that intransigent attitude actually is a big reason control needs to switch from state politicians to local citizens and elected officials.

The third public hearing starts at 6 tonight at Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne Ave.

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