KCPD investigation uncovers problems with Crimes Against Children Unit

KMBZ News Staff
January 09, 2019 - 5:41 am

KMBC Channel 9 News


An internal investigation at The Kansas City police department has led to disciplinary action against 17 officers.

The investigation reveals much-needed change to the police department’s Crimes Against Children Unit, said KCPD Chief Rick Smith. The chief, who held a news conference Tuesday, said the investigation that covered activity between 2011 and 2016 uncovered failures, both at an organizational level and an individual level.

"Failure to address case-load issues, failure to follow up on some cases in a timely manner, and ultimately, failure to submit cases prepared most effectively for prosecution," Smith said.

Seven of the 17 officers disciplined in connection with the probe are no longer with the department. Personal failures were revealed among commanders, supervisors, and detectives.

"On behalf of the Kansas City Police Department, I want to apologize to the children and families who did not receive the service they should expect from us," Smith said.

The chief said he would like to combine the Special Victims Unit with Child Protective Services. He believes it will set up a “one stop shop” for victims of child abuse and domestic violence.

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