Mayor announces new oversight measures of Department

Publish Date 06/04/2020
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The Board of Police Commissioners met in an emergency closed-session meeting June 4, and the Mayor announced the following oversight measures of KCPD:
These measures require:
  • The Kansas City Police Department to reverse its policy of not sending probable cause statements to the relevant county prosecutor’s office in officer-involved shootings.
  • All officer-involved shootings and all major use-of-force complaints to be sent to an outside enforcement agency, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for independent review.
  • The Kansas City Police Department to provide weekly updates to the City Council to inform the public about the Department’s ongoing community engagement efforts.
  • The Kansas City Police Department to review its use of tear gas and other projectiles and determine ways to further restrict their use, and to report within two weeks to the BOPC. The BOPC will provide a policy update proposal related to tear gas and other projectiles at its next scheduled meeting.
  • The Kansas City Police Department to make clear that whistleblowers seeing misconduct within KCPD have a codified process through which they can report complaints about other officers to the Office of Community Complaints and the Board of Police Commissioners.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Police Commissioners meeting is Tuesday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will be conducted by teleconference and live-streamed at