KCPD Major Rick Smith named next chief of police

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 18:26:29-04

After 42 applicants, three public forums, 10 interviews with candidates and two finalists, the Kansas City Police Department has named their next chief of police. 

Previous coverage: 

2 named finalists for KCPD police chief 

KCMO police chief finalists answer questions at forum 

Rick Smith previously served as a major with the department's Central Patrol Division. He will begin his new role as chief of police on Aug. 15.

The announcement was made on Friday.  

“I’m truly humbled to become the leader of the men and women of this department. It’s a dream to sit in this chair and look at this department and see where we can move forward and to accomplish the things that need to be accomplished in this city to make this city great,” Smith said after the announcement. 

Smith said he has three goals:
  • Set police up for success
  • Reduction of crime and neighborhood issues
  • Create effective partnerships

The Board of Police Commissioners said they chose Smith because he understands the department with years of experience, full knowledge of operations, and he's a “darn good police officer.”

Former Chief Darryl Forte retired in May. Since then, interim Chief David Zimmerman took the reins.

Watch video of the announcement below:

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