By Lynn Horsley and Christine Vendel
Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Too few cops on the streets. Too many high-mileage patrol cars. Vietnam-era helicopters. And an alarming spike in homicides.
Those are just some of the factors propelling the Kansas City Police Department to seek a $45 million increase in next year’s budget to help pay for 54 new officers, more jailers and 911 call-takers, crime lab upgrades and more.
Mo. police seek $45 mil to fight crime