Committee Suggests State Continues to Hold Control of KC Police
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A committee is recommending that the state continue to have operational control of the Kansas City police department.
The committee on Monday voted 13-12 to expand the Board of Police Commissioners from four to six members but recommended the Missouri governor continue to appoint board members.
That committee, which was established by Mayor Sly James, rejected a plan to give the mayor the responsibility for appointing the police board.
The Kansas City Star reports the committee's recommendation isn't binding. James and the Kansas City Council can accept or reject the recommendation but any change in control of the department would have to be approved by either the Missouri Legislature or the state's voters.
Kansas City is the only major U.S. city without full authority over its police force.