Mayor James: RNC Site Selection Committee impressed by KCPD

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The RNC Site Selection Committee was more than pleased with the Kansas City Police Department, according to Mayor Sly James.

At the Board of Police Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Mayor James gave Police Chief Darryl Forte a verbal pat on the back.

Mayor James said that while the site selection committee was in town Thursday considering Kansas City as a final contender for the 2016 Republican National Convention, looking at local police and the security they can offer was critical in their decision making.

The other major factors the committee will examine are money the city can raise, hotel accommodations and transportation.

The mayor said RNC Site Selection Committee members expressed to him they had complete confidence in the Kansas City Police Department. He said several officers were on hand to escort the committee around town and to provide some security.

"They simply came up and said, ‘We are really impressed with your police department. They are nice, they are professional, they are willing to help out, they are where they are supposed to be and they are very uniform,’" Mayor James said. “They were just very complimentary of the police officers and how they acted on every level.”

Chief Forte credited the commander of traffic about “keeping the costs low” during the visit. He said some of the officers did work overtime during the committee’s visit to town. Of those two divisions, he said it was mostly the traffic division and the tactical response team.

"Our commander of our traffic division did a great job of keeping the cost low, we changed the hours of some of our staff, we had ample staff out there. They were professional. That's the way we operate on a regular basis," Chief Forte said.

The total amount of overtime worked by Kansas City police officers had not been calculated according to a police spokesperson at the time this article was written.

Back in 2012, Major League Baseball named Kansas City one of the best cities ever to host All-Star Week.

One man who has been to nine All-Star games said in an interview at that time that he could overlook the hustle and bustle because Kansas City's hospitality hit a home run with him.

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