Special KCPD officers focus on building relationship between citizens and law enforcement

Jim Cunningham
October 05, 2018 - 7:15 am

The Kansas City Police Departments aims to build positive relationships with its Community Interaction Officers, or CIO's.

When Police Chief Rick Smith came on board earlier this year, he assigned 12 officers, two at each patrol division, to serve as Community Interaction Officers. All share the same responsibilities, solving problems and helping to deal with situations before they escalate. It is about getting to know citizens on a person-to-person basis, said Officer Jason Cooley. 

"The more time we spend together, the more understanding we have of each other, the more trust is built up," Cooley said. "That, in and of itself, is crime prevention. If people trust us to work with us, and we're going to come in and do a good job for them, then we can work on some things. We can improve communities, we can improve blocks -- give people hope."

Saturday the CIO's will host a United Against Crime event at six different locations. The Kansas City United Against Crime Event is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will have food, games and other entertainment. Locations include Macedonia Baptist Church, 1700 East Linwood, the East Patrol Station, Keystone Church in Waldo, Park Hill High School, Eagle Heights Baptist Church and the former O'Hara High School.

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