Smith sworn in as KCPD Chief of Police

Chief of Police Rick Smith was sworn in on Tuesday, August 15 by Missouri Supreme Court Justice Brent Powell.

By Paul Thompson

Northeast News

Kansas City residents officially have a new Chief of Police.

Former Central Patrol Division Major Rick Smith was officially sworn in as Kansas City’s next Chief of Police during a special ceremony on Tuesday, August 15, in advance of the regularly scheduled Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) meeting. Smith was sworn in by Brent Powell, a recent appointment to Missouri’s Supreme Court.

A large crowd filled the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department’s community room for the ceremony, which began at 9:30 a.m. After the short ceremony, Smith spoke briefly to attendees.

“I really look forward to being the Chief, and I really look forward to making this department great,” Smith said. “Not that it isn’t, but to take it to the next stage. Thank you very much.”

After his statement, Smith spoke to media gathered in attendance to talk about his priorities as the leader of Kansas City’s police department. Smith said that his biggest goal is to curb violent crime in Kansas City. When asked about his mood after being sworn in, Smith acknowledged that he never dreamed that this moment would arrive.

“I never thought this day would come, and I never thought it would be possible,” Smith said. “When I say I’m honored to be here, I’m honored.”

New Chief of Police Rick Smith (left) speaks with former interim chief David Zimmerman during the Board of Police Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, August 15.

Comments are closed.

  • Local artists offered chance to display on Crossroads ARTBOARDS

    16 hours ago

    By Melissa Wharton Northeast News Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) and Missouri Bank are once again calling on local artists for […]

    Fire destroys home near Askew and Smart

    September 22nd, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News An early morning fire near the intersection of Askew and Smart on Friday, September 22 […]

    Northeast Newscast Episode 27 – Northeast HS Homecoming and sports at KCPS w/ athletic director Dr. James Sanders

    September 21st, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News This week on the Northeast Newscast, Kansas City Public Schools athletic director Dr. James Sanders […]

    New development announced at site of former Northeast Apple Market

    September 20th, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News The site of the former Apple Market at 3719 Independence Avenue is expected to become […]

    KCMO undertakes labor of love

    September 20th, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News How much do you love your neighborhood? How about your neighbor? A fledgling City sponsored […]

  • Activists meet in downtown KC to oppose presidential election integrity commission

    September 20th, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Several dozen activists gathered at the north end of Ilus Davis Park in downtown Kansas […]

    Hardesty Renaissance EDC gains access to Building 10

    September 19th, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Slowly but surely, the Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (HREDC) is gaining access to the […]

    Veterans Pass Available At RideKC Headquarters Sept 19

    September 19th, 2017

    Kansas City, MO A special one-day RideKC Veterans Pass event is slated for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 19. From […]

    Northeast Newscast Episode 26 – the state of Pendleton Heights w/ PHNA President Jessica Ray

    September 15th, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, managing editor Paul Thompson talk with Pendleton […]

    Actress Mackenzie Phillips talks opioid addiction with KCU students

    September 14th, 2017

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Actress Mackenzie Phillips opened up to Kansas City University (KCU) students about her past issues […]

  • What’s Happening


    Metro Miles: A Day on the #11 bus

    by Paul Thompson Northeast News On the morning of Saturday, September 16, a small group of Northeast residents from the […]

    Kansas City’s First Streetcars

    by Michael Bushnell Northeast News Kansas City’s street railway began humbly in 1869 with the advent of small, animal-drawn  cars […]

  • Local Weather

  • [Advertisement.]