Rick Armstrong, Police Chief
700 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101
KCKPD Website: www.kckpd.org
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department (KCKPD) has a long history of serving and protecting the community. The first recorded death of an officer was John Gilley; killed in the line of duty in 1889 when the police department was known as the Metropolitan Police Department and under the control of the Governor’s Office.
The KCKPD was founded in 1898 after the repeal from state control. There were only 46 persons in the department at the time when the city was becoming even more popular for travelers due to the city’s geographical location. In 1914, it became one of the first departments in the nation to institute a motorcycle unit. Just 4 years later, the police department would reach another milestone, becoming a trendsetter in the field of criminal records information. In 1918, the department was taking photographs and fingerprinting all criminals that were booked and jailed, which was unheard of during this time.
By the mid-1930s, the community had incorporated 5 surrounding cities, organized crime was ramped, and the area became the center of nightlife and sound of jazz music filled the air. The department increased to 129 officers to keep up with the substantial increase of service calls and growing population. In 1934, the Agency was the first police department, west of the Mississippi River, to install a two way radio communications system.
Like in the late 1800’s, local law enforcement continues to play an invaluable role in the Unified Governments efforts to maintain and sustain the quality of life we come to know and cherish today in our county and city. This is why the kind of innovation and leadership in policing continues today in the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.
The UG has worked closely with the Chief of Police to secure funding for initiatives like Community Policing, and NeighborhoodsNOW. Also, the implementation of safety programs like Operation Weed and Seed have helped educate and empower residents to take back their neighborhoods and help law enforcement “weed out” criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse.
Programs like Community Policing and Weed and Seed are proactive approaches that require local government, law enforcement agencies and law-abiding citizens to work together to arrest offenders, prevent crime, solve ongoing problems and improve the overall quality of community life.
For more information about the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, visit the website at: http://www.kckpd.org/.
In 2008, the UG secured a $329,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to supplement successful crime reduction and safety programs in three area neighborhoods.