The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department was created in 1898, and at the time 46 persons made up the Department. In 1914 the Department was one of the first departments in the nation to institute a motorcycle unit. Additionally, the Department was an innovator in the field of criminal records information as early as 1918, having instituted the taking of photographs and fingerprints of all felons booked into jail. By the middle 1930s the community had incorporated 5 surrounding cities. Consequently, the Department had grown to 129 officers and police service had increased substantially to meet the needs of the City. In 1934 the Agency was the first police department, west of the Mississippi River, to install a two way radio communications system.
This patch is the latest in a series of patches that the Department has utilized on it's duty apparel over the years. Officers of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department have worn a cloth patch on their coats and other outerwear since 1951. The early history of the department is embodied within the design of the department patch. The row of five stars on the patch represent the five original cities which made up Kansas City, Kansas. They were: Kansas City, Armourdale, Wyandot, Argentine, and Rosedale. The ribbon displays "est. 1898" representing the year the department was formed.
The Kansas City Kansas Police Cadet Unit
Established in 1970
The Cadet Program
In the Beginning
- The first Cadet Unit was organized on June 1, 1970 under the direct command of Chief Boston Daniels and Captain Jack Jones.
- On November 1, 1970 the first 10 Cadets were appointed by the Board of City Commissioners.
Funding & Training
- The Cadet Unit was funded by 2 federal grants totaling $92,000.
- The cadets attended a 170-hour Cadet School after which they were assigned various duties throughout the Department.
Cadet Program Honors
- The Cadet Program was honored as the Most Outstanding and Successful Program funded by the Governor's Committee on Criminal Administration for 1970-1971.
- In 1972 the KCKPD Cadet Unit was awarded a second grant in the amount of $64,254.87.
- The first assignments included tours of duty in Communications, Identification, the Booking Desk, and Records.
- Members of the department were skeptical at first about the "kid police" but the cadet unit quickly proved itself.
- In 1970 & 1971 the cadets made 89 public appearances to civic organizations. The topics included drug awareness, the Police Department and the Police Cadet Program.
- The cadets spoke to 3,189 adults and over 8,000 youth. These interactions were an early predecessor of today's Community Policing.
Changes in the Cadet Unit - 1973
- The Cadet Unit was expanded with the hire of 10 new cadets to 25 members in the Unit.
- July of 1973 three new units were added to the Cadets tour of duty, the Helicopter Unit, the Traffic Division, and the District Car Observer.
- By May of 1976 - 32 of the former Cadets had been promoted to Patrolman.
- In May of 1976 the Cadet tours of Duty expanded from the original 4 Units to 19 Units available for Cadets to be assigned.
- 3 Decades of Experience
- Since 1970 The KCKPD Cadet Unit has introduced almost 200 Cadets to the experiences of the Police Department.
- Many of those Cadets have chosen to make Law Enforcement a life long career.
Molding A Career
- The Cadet Unit encourages eligible youths of our community to become involved in public service while building the knowledge to develop a lasting career.
- The program promotes both emotional and intellectual development of each Cadet through the law enforcement discipline.
- Former members of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Cadet Unit have been the recipients of a number of prestigious Awards from not only the KCKPD, but from many outside organizations.
- The Department facilitates outstanding work ethic and dedication to duty.
- Cadets must be 17 1/2 years old and have a high school diploma or G.E.D. to be eligible for employment.
- Until 2002 Cadets could not be older than 19 1/2 to be eligible. In 2002 the age requirement was extended to 22 years old.
- Cadets gain unlimited knowledge during each tour of duty including management skills, computer skills and organizational abilities.
- Cadets are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 college credit hours while maintaining an overall GPA of 2.5.
- Cadets are required to attend mandatory physical fitness sessions.
- The physical fitness regimen includes circuit training and a daily 7 routine.