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Chief Stacey Graves

“I’m humbled to serve the men and women of this department and our city. I’m confident in my ability in continuing to advance the Kansas City Missouri Police Department as a progressive law enforcement agency and trusted community partner.”

Chief Stacey Graves, a lifelong Kansas Citian, began her career at KCPD in 1997 as a civilian records clerk.  After joining the police academy in December of 1997, she held multiple assignments as a police officer including Central Patrol Division, East Patrol Division, the Drug Enforcement Unit and the Career Criminal Section.  Graves was promoted to Sergeant in 2007.  During her tenure as a Sergeant, she was assigned to Patrol, the Media Unit as a Public Information Officer and she was an Operations Sergeant in the Chief’s Office serving under Chief Darryl Forté.  Promoted to Captain in 2014, Graves was assigned to Internal Affairs, returned to the Media Unit and Patrol.  In 2018, she was promoted to Major.  As Major, Graves was the Commander of Shoal Creek Division, Human Resources and served as the Executive Officer in the Patrol Bureau Office.

On December 15, 2022, twenty-five years after starting the police academy, Graves was selected to be the chief.  At 48 years of age, Graves became the 48th Police Chief in KCPD’s 148-year history, and also became the first woman to serve as permanent chief.

Graves obtained her Associates Degree from Penn Valley.  Graves went on to earn a B.A. in Administration of Justice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an Executive Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership from Benedictine College.

KCPD Mission Statement

The mission of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department is to protect and serve with professionalism, honor and integrity.

KCPD Vision Statement

To make Kansas City and the metropolitan area the safest community in the nation as a result of the efforts of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and its many partners.