The front page of the Kansas City Star shouts that crime is the top issue in the upcoming KC mayor’s race.
And each Candidate gave a short answer to the problem. Oh brother!
Mike Burke wants to bring back Mayor Cleavers "Night Hoops." Let the kids know its OK to snitch and don’t drop out of school and get some cops to the schools to watch them.
My Take: Didn’t work the first time, Mike. These folks want to go out and have fun, not shoot baskets. They want to get high and get laid. Simple as that. So not a good answer to the problem.
Mark Funkhouser thinks police should focus more on crimes such as home burglaries and car theft. Crimes that drive the middle class out of Midtown and the city. Funk wants to add at least 40 more cops to the street. He mentioned how New York dropped its homicides by 77 percent in recent years and wants to follow that plan. At this time, he doesn’t know that plan but will visit New York City to find out.
My Take: You can’t compare New York to KC without knowing what they’re talking about. I think Mark sees the problem, but is he strong enough to get the police Chief to do anything new?
Deb Hermann wants community policing. She wants to increase community centers that house police in nine areas. We have only one now on the West Side. So the cops get to know the neighborhoods better. Get the neighborhood leaders and residents to work with police to help prevent crimes.
My Take: It’s been done before and the results are far from impressive.
Sly James wants key idea technology. "I want more fact-based problem solving," he says. "We have C-Star, a data based system to analyze crime in neighborhoods – do more with it. Use Shot-Spotter which tracks the paths of shots fired. The police force needs to look like the city, meaning add more cops of color. Have cop cars parked in front of the officers home in the core, meaning in black neighborhoods."
My Take: Interesting but not sure of the effect these tech-based programs will have. Getting more black officers could be a good idea, if they work well with others. Need more bite to this idea.
Henry Klein: Add a locally elected commissioner to the Police Board. Improve jobs and education, ultimately decreasing crime.
My Take: We need a ‘right now’ plan and this isn’t it.
Jim Rowland: Add local folks to the Police Board. Focus on aggravated assaults. Closing cases will help reduce future violence and tension on the street.
My Take: Good words but we need something right now that can work ASAP.
Charlie Wheeler: Go after the meth labs.
My Take: We have been going after them, what good did it do? With all the street violence, not much.
Here’s what Kansas City needs:
Police Chief Corwin needs to step up patrols late at night and go to "hot areas" every weekend night when 80 percent of the violence takes place.
If he needs more manpower, let’s get it done. But PROFILE the bad guys. Now. Get them off the streets. NOW.
There are a lot of them and they’re armed as well. But when word gets out to the HOOD that cops are stopping cars in Midtown looking for the ‘shit’ (guns, dope, weapons), it will slow down immediately.
Brace these guys NOW.
It worked at Legends, they drove the bad guys out by getting all over them. Who did they call to complain about it to? Ghostbusters? Nobody, cause they all know they are troublemaking jack-offs. Legends crime has dropped to almost none.
So Mayor Funkhouser, go see those police folks and see how they did it. You may not have to go to New York.
Drop the PC and do your jobs.
It’s a police problem first, a family problem second, a neighborhood problem after that, then education.
POLICE FIRST…get tough and now. Start the process, drop homicides in Midtown NOW. DUI stops are not as important right now. Stopping shootings are.