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Legislation #: 190912 Introduction Date: 10/31/2019
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER ROBINSON
Title: Establishing a Public Safety Study Group to make recommendations to the City Council about public safety related matters.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/28/2019 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/31/2019 Referred to Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee
11/6/2019 Hold On Agenda (12/4/2019)
12/4/2019 Hold On Agenda (12/11/2019)
12/11/2019 Hold On Agenda (12/18/2019)
12/18/2019 Hold On Agenda (1/22/2020)
1/22/2020 Hold On Agenda (1/29/2020)
2/12/2020 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
2/13/2020 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 190912

 

Establishing a Public Safety Study Group to make recommendations to the City Council about public safety related matters.

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to state law found in Sections 84.350 through 84.860 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, the Kansas City Police Department is controlled and governed by the Board of Police Commissioners and is independent of the City’s full control and governance; and

 

WHEREAS, the City has not had full control and governance of its Police Department since 1939 and is currently the only city in Missouri without such full control and governance; and

 

WHEREAS, there are likely advantages and disadvantages to the City if local control and governance of the Kansas City Police Department were returned to the City; and

 

WHEREAS, there were 148 individuals murdered in Kansas City in 2019, and the city has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the country; and

 

WHEREAS, before the City through its City Council takes a position on whether it should or should not support state legislative efforts to return local control and governance of its Police Department to the City an analysis should be conducted into the likely advantages and disadvantages of such return of local control and governance; and

 

 WHEREAS, the Council desires a general assessment of the effectiveness of gun violence prevention efforts in Kansas City;

 

WHEREAS, such analyses should include a survey of community leaders, the Kansas City Police Department and others with knowledge of public safety; NOW, THEREFORE

 

 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:   

 

Section 1. That the Public Safety Study Group is hereby created and established and charged with the following:

 

(a) Assessing the benefits and drawbacks of the current governance structure of the Kansas City Police Department, as well as the potential impacts of returning the Police Department to local control and governance; and

 

(b) Evaluating the effectiveness of current gun violence prevention efforts in Kansas City, including strategies currently pursued by the police department and other law enforcement partners, as well as social service organizations; and

 

Section 2. The Public Safety Study Group shall have five (5) members appointed by the Mayor, subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(a)                Two (2) Members, who shall be current members of the City Council; and

 

(b)               Three (3) Members, who shall be non-city employees with expertise in matters of public safety. 

 

Section 3. That the Public Safety Study Group shall hold its first meeting no more than 30 days after the Study Group is appointed by the Mayor; and

 

Section 4. The Public Safety Study Group shall produce a report which shall include, at minimum:

 

(a)                An assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of local control of the Kansas City Police Department; and

 

(b)               Recommendations for improving the effectiveness of current gun violence prevention efforts in Kansas City, including those overseen by the police department and those overseen by other city agencies.

 

Section 5. The Public Safety Study Group shall present this report to City Council no later than September 30, 2020.

 

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