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2 Wyandotte County security detail officers on paid administrative leave

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The almost $250,000 safety investment comes out of the police department’s budget. In 2015, the security team responded to 23 incidents. The cost was nearly $11,000 per call. (KCTV5) The almost $250,000 safety investment comes out of the police department’s budget. In 2015, the security team responded to 23 incidents. The cost was nearly $11,000 per call. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A criminal investigation is underway in Wyandotte County. Two police officers entrusted to protect elected officials are under the microscope while on paid administrative leave.

Details about what could be leading up to criminal charges are scarce. KCTV5 scoured public records searching for when the Wyandotte County Unified Government listed ‘Dignitary Security’ in their agenda and minutes. We uncovered a February 4, 2016 special session discussing the $250,000 controversy that could have led to the investigation.

January 2014, Marlon Williams was gunned down outside of Kansas City, KS, City Hall. Williams’ death served as a wake-up call that KCK needed security against similar acts of violence near elected officials.

The county assigned a two man security detail to protect all elected officials starting January 2015.

"We think it's a worthwhile program. We would like to keep this program going, but obviously I’ll take the direction that I’m given,” said KCK Police Chief Terry Ziegler during the February special session.

The almost $250,000 safety investment comes out of the police department’s budget. In 2015, the security team responded to 23 incidents. The cost was nearly $11,000 per call.

Most commissioners praise the security service, but scrutinize the mayor’s use of the detail.

“"I voted for this!" said District 3 Commissioner Ann Murguia. "The way it's currently used 90 percent of the time is as private detail for our mayor."

"I still think it's a waste of money," said District 5 Commissioner Mike Kane.

In February, commissioners confronted Mayor Mark Holland because the officers were seen at Holland’s church, where he preached on Sunday and Breits Stein and Deli on North Fifth Street, where he drinks an occasional beer.

“I think that if someone is going to go to a restaurant or bar where they feel like a violent situation could break out, they shouldn’t go there,” Murguia said.

“Yes, they did go down to Breits with me. They did not have a beer. We should have record. I did, they did not. And they said, ‘We don't need to be here’ and they stopped coming," Holland said.

The KCK Police Department wouldn’t comment about the criminal investigation.

A Unified Government of Wyandotte County spokesman regarded the possible criminal charges as mild.

Right now there is no security detail for Wyandotte County officials.

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