Northeast Newscast Episode 6 w/ Central Patrol Division’s Major Rick Smith

By Paul Thompson

Northeast News

April 12, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – In this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, KCPD Central Patrol Division’s Commander, Major Rick Smith, joins Northeast News managing editor Paul Thompson to talk about the Tuesday, April 11 sentencing hearing of notorious Northeast criminal Tyler Sutton; KCPD response times and the amount of shots fired calls in the area; how communities can get Shot Spotter technology; the success and future of Central Patrol Division’s social worker pilot program; what Smith plans to do with his Community Interaction Officer; his thoughts on the KC NoVA program; and finally, the legacy of outgoing KCPD Chief of Police Darryl Forte.

Check out a teaser transcript below, in which Smith acknowledges KCPD’s issues combating persistent gunfire in neighborhoods. A link to the podcast is posted at the bottom of the page.

Thompson: I guess I would ask you, what does PD do with those calls and with that data once people make the calls on a shots fired?

Smith: So, this issue came up last night at Pendleton Heights. We were talking at the meeting, and talking about (Kessler Park) in specific, and how many shots fired calls we have in there. We know we have an issue. The police department knows there’s an issue; everyone knows he have an issue on that.

So I encouraged people to call. We know at some point, you know, most of our concerned neighbors are calling the police. I said, “I’m sure you’re frustrated, because we show up and we may not find anyone.” But I said, “Think about if you’re the person firing shots. You know you’ve just fired a gun within the city limits and all these people can hear, all these houses are here.” You’re probably not sticking around to see if the police come. You’re probably firing your gun, getting in your car, and moving on. Or you’re bicycle, or whatever the case may be, but you’re probably not gonna stand there for 30 minutes, going “I just shot my gun, I wonder what’s going to happen?”

Thompson: Right, or they’re not trying to hang around the scene and pretend they were a witness, or something like that…

Smith: Exactly

Thompson: They’re usually either running away on foot, on a bicycle, in a car, whatever they’ve got.

Smith: Exactly. So the idea is that we try and get up there. Our response times actually – in this particular case in Pendleton Heights, we were reviewing them last night at the meeting – our response times are really. We haven’t caught anybody yet, but I think there’s time. When we have issues like that, we may not be able to directly affect – like, it’s not in an area with a Shot Spotter, where we can pinpoint exactly location, number of shots and things like that – but I think what we can do is look at other avenues. Can we look at lighting, can we look at restrictions in the park, can we look at whatever the case may be to look at something to try and deter people from coming to that location and engaging in that kind of behavior?

I mean, the number one thing that I see in parks and in general, blocks with Tyler Sutton’s – when you have so many good people that want the right thing, the bad people tend in another direction. They don’t want to be hassled, they don’t want to be yelled at, they don’t want the attention on them; they want to do whatever they do without any kind of oversight, right? So the more you can fill up that park with good people – families, things planned – the less chance that we have the other elements in the park.

Comments are closed.

  • SVN to receive another $450K in grant funds

    11 hours ago
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 22, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The good news keep rolling in for Scuola […]


    Law enforcement taking steps to address surge in violent crime

    19 hours ago
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 22, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The victim in an early-morning June 10 robbery […]


    GO Bond-backed sidewalk repair program taking shape

    June 19th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 19, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – When voters approved all three ballot measures in […]


    Charges filed in deadly Northeast vehicular crash

    June 19th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 19, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri -The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced charges last weekend […]


    Northeast Newscast Episode 14 – The history and future of the Northeast News w/ publishers Michael Bushnell and Chris Adams

    June 16th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 16, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This week, Northeast Newscast host Paul Thompson interviews […]


  • [Advertisement.]
  • Single terminal airport bidding process finally coming into focus

    June 15th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 15, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – For the second time in as many weeks, […]


    Flag Day flag retirement ceremony held at Korean War Veterans Memorial

    June 14th, 2017
    by

    By Abby Cambiano Northeast News June 14, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington […]


    Jackson County COMBAT hosts cleanup in Northeast

    June 14th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 14, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Jackson County COMBAT hosted a neighborhood clean-up and […]


    Art installed at the Northeast News

    June 14th, 2017
    by

    Northeast News June 14, 2017 Above: area artist Rebecca Koop of Northeast Arts KC stopped by the House of News […]


    Council paves way for KCI bid extension

    June 13th, 2017
    by

      By Paul Thompson Northeast News June 13, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The KCMO City Council acted quickly on […]


  • Follow us on Twitter

  • What’s Happening

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder

    Northeast News June 21, 2017

    A grand old flag with a grand old history

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News June 21, 2017 During the American Revolution, a number of patriots made flags for our […]

    Early 1900s school site is now interstate interchange

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News June 14, 2017 This view of The Paseo, between 15th and 16th streets, looks north […]

  • Local Weather

  • [Advertisement.]