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The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department was created in 1898, and at the time 46 persons made up the Department. In 1914 the Department was one of the first departments in the nation to institute a motorcycle unit. Additionally, the Department was an innovator in the field of criminal records information as early as 1918, having instituted the taking of photographs and fingerprints of all felons booked into jail. By the middle 1930s the community had incorporated 5 surrounding cities. Consequently, the Department had grown to 129 officers and police service had increased substantially to meet the needs of the City. In 1934 the Agency was the first police department, west of the Mississippi River, to install a two way radio communications system.


Today, the Kansas City Kansas Police Department is comprised of approximately 375 sworn officers and 175 civilian employees.  The police department is organized into to three large bureaus: Operations Bureau; Criminal Investigations Bureau; and, Services Bureau.


The Operations Bureau of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department, like most law enforcement agencies has the most number of employees working in uniformed positions and consists of Central Patrol, South Patrol, West Patrol, Mid-Town, Community Policing, School Resource and the Alarm Coordinator.


The Investigations Bureau is organized by type of crime.  According to the Kansas City Police Department Kansas website, “The Criminal Investigations Division was established to solve crimes via the processes of questioning victims, witnesses and suspects, accumulating physical evidence at the scene of a crime and by tracing stolen property or vehicles associated with a crime. The responsibility does not culminate here, for it is necessary that all facts and evidence be compiled and presented to the District Attorney’s Office for possible filing of charges against a suspect(s). The ultimate goal is to prove beyond any reasonable doubt, in a court of law, that the suspect in question did commit the specific crime for which he is charged.”


The Services Bureau has four divisions: They are the Community and Support Services Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Technical Services Division and the Executive Officer.





A nine year veteran of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department, Former Police Officer Bobby Acklin II authored Ass Backwards: A Black Police Officers Hatred for Inner City Criminals and Their Enablers under the pseudonym   “Kodiack.”  According to Kodiak’s bio, he earned “multiple honors of valor for saving the lives of others in need. Kodiack was very outspoken against African Americans who perpetuate inner-city racial stereo types, and turned his 9 years with the police force into a critical analysis of police ethics and inner city crime. Prior service in the military, and graduation from college shaped Kodiack's world into a logical, serious, but humorous event, thus publishing an auto-biography titled Ass Backwards.”


According to the book description of Ass Backwards: A Black Police Officers Hatred for Inner City Criminals and Their Enablers, “Much like a hibernating bear, author "Kodiack" awakens after thirty-five years to accept his role as the underdog and heed his calling to condemn irresponsible black leaders who encourage the slave mentality in black communities. A veteran policeman, Kodiack critically analyzes his experiences in a city with a 70 percent Caucasian population—in which black individuals commit 80 percent of felony crimes. Kodiack has developed a near hatred of African Americans who hinder the progress of his race by perpetuating negative stereotypes. In this timely and controversial account, Kodiack offers a bold voice to anyone who is afraid of being labeled a bigot, a racist, and a sellout.”

One reader of Ass Backwards: A Black Police Officers Hatred for Inner City Criminals and Their Enablers, said, “This is a no-holds barred look into the complacency that plagues our inner cities from the perspective of an officer who wanted to make a difference in his community. He takes us through his times as a Kansas City police officer and gives us a bird's eye view from his perspective, which we don't always get to see. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to look beneath the surface of what is going on in our communities all across the country, about the stereotypes that we face, and what we can do to make a change. The book ends on a very powerful note on how no matter how successful we become, some stereotypes are just so hard to shake... A very good and interesting read!”

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