In the March 23 editorial “Reject Independence police tax,” The Star’s editorial board chose to question the integrity of the Independence Police Department and its supporters.
It questioned the integrity of the conclusions of a city pamphlet without an analysis of all the indicators, or the apparent recognition of the displacement of crime from other jurisdictions that have increased police protection.
The editorial omitted critical indicators of rising crime and disorder such as increases in police involved shootings, drive-by shootings, dramatic increases in gang activity, one of the highest property crime rates in Jackson County, increases in disturbances and disorderly houses, increases in priority-one calls and the need for quicker response times.
There was no mention of the Strategic Policing Plan, involving a new policing model with essential involvement of the community, and proactive policing.
Through intelligence-led policing we have had success in affecting some crimes, but an inability to sustain the impacts due to limited resources.
In the last two weeks we have had three separate shooting incidents, firing over 30 rounds into cars and houses.
I stand by our assertion that more resources are needed to lower crime and disorder and give our citizens the protection and service they deserve.
Chief Tom Dailey
Independence Police Department