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.

  • Northeast Newscast episode 46 – Northeast Library branch manager Claudia Visnich on her retirement

    March 16th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News This week on the Kansas City’s Northeast Newscast podcast, managing editor Paul Thompson sits down […]

    Another dangerous home demolished in Northeast

    March 16th, 2018

    By Sheree Sims Northeast News Editorial Assistant Friday morning, demolition workers from Kansas City, Missouri’s Neighborhood and Housing Services department […]

    Frontier Schools to participate in KC STEM Fest

    March 15th, 2018

    Sydney Jones Northeast News Editorial Assistant Science, science, and more science! That’s what attendees can expect at KC STEM Fest, […]

    New fire chief announced during KCFD 150th anniversary celebration

    March 14th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News The 150-year anniversary of the Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) was celebrated on Wednesday, March […]

    Deadly fire in Sheffield neighborhood

    March 14th, 2018

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News A man and a woman died in an overnight house fire near 9th and Belmont […]

  • Givin’ it up for Lent

    March 14th, 2018

    The Dog has calmed a bit from last week’s rant about the City Council changing the PIAC ballot language in […]

    BikeWalkKC Coming to Northeast

    March 14th, 2018

      Katrina E. Williams Northeast News Area bicycling advocates have turned their attention to the Historic Northeast. BikeWalkKC is a […]

    Community canvass draws large crowd

    March 14th, 2018

    Paul Thompson Northeast News Historic Northeast volunteers hit the streets last weekend for a neighborhood canvassing event designed to curb […]

    One North development making progress

    March 12th, 2018

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News If you’ve driven North on I-35 from the downtown area recently, you’ve no doubt noticed […]

    Northeast businessman charged after shots fired in recycling center confrontation

    March 9th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Northeast business owner David Jungerman, owner of the Baby-Tenda Corporation at 131 Belmont Blvd., has […]

  • What’s Happening

  • Local Weather

  • Free tax preparation for most taxpayers!