A group of Kansas City police officers says that the department has serious morale problems, but the police board president played down the claims.
The Kansas City Police Officers Association released a report stating that officer morale had “dropped to dangerous levels.” A board member requested the report earlier this year.
The report identified seven concerns, including allegations of an unfair disciplinary process and promotional process and complaints that the department required officers to live within the city limits. Board President Karl Zobrist said he had not read the entire report but disagreed that morale was dangerously low. “While there are always morale issues, I don’t think there is a morale problem,” he said.
Regarding the department’s residency requirement, Zobrist said the board planned to discuss it at a future meeting. The board’s policy on residency mirrors state law, which requires officers to live in Kansas City. The Missouri General Assembly recently passed a bill that would allow the board to do away with the requirement. The governor has not yet signed the bill.