the Kansas City Kansas Police Department
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Bureau has four divisions: They are the Community and Support Services Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the
Technical Services Division and the Executive Officer.