Should Kansas City Pursue Local Control of Its Police Department?

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Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star moderates a panel of experts discussing whether Kansas City, Missouri, should switch from a police department run by the state to one under the direct control of the mayor and city council.
The Citizens Project
Thursday, April 4, 2013
6:30pm @ Central Library

The Kansas City Star’s Dave Helling and an expert panel discuss whether it is time for control of the Kansas City Police Department to revert from the state back to the city. Participants include former Police Commissioner Karl Zobrist, former Police Chief Jim Corwin, City Councilman Ed Ford, and Steve Glorioso, who led a campaign to change St. Louis’ police governance law.

This is the second of four forums in 2013 that will examine issues like the possible replacement of KCI and the economic border war between Kansas and Missouri.

Click here to download a two-page document that includes a history of the issue as well as pros and cons of local control of the Kansas City Police Department. The document was prepared by our co-sponsors for the event, the Citizens Association of Kansas City.

Watch this video from the last Citizens Project session: "What Is Kansas City's Long-Range Financial Plan?"

Co-sponsored by the Citizens Association of Kansas City.

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