KC Fraternal Order of Police vows to fight insurance consolidation

The Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police is promising legal action to block Monday’s decision to consolidate police and city health insurance plans.

The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners on Monday voted to approve the proposal, which would combine the previously separate health insurance coverage for Kansas City police officers and retirees with a plan for city workers.

The insurance consolidation plan allows for pay raises for Kansas City police officers, but Lodge 99 of the Fraternal Order of Police, which has nearly 1,000 members, said in a statement released later Monday that it would file legal action before the end of the week to block the action.

In its statement, the FOP alleged that the police board’s action violated Missouri law because it was not “properly negotiated” with the FOP.

A large contingent of current and former officers and their families packed the boardroom during Monday’s meeting.

City officials have said that the consolidation will save the city millions of dollars and free up about $5 million for department raises.

Police board president Patrick McInerney said after the meeting that the consolidation will put more money in the pockets of officers while providing them with excellent health coverage.

McInerney said he could not comment on the possibility of legal action by the FOP.

“I can’t comment on something I haven’t seen,” he said.

In its statement, the FOP said Monday’s decision will hurt morale within the department.