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A new study finds that the police department in Kansas City, Missouri, is top heavy with managers compared to other similar-sized or bigger cities and should get more officers on the street. (KCPD) A new study finds that the police department in Kansas City, Missouri, is top heavy with managers compared to other similar-sized or bigger cities and should get more officers on the street. (KCPD)
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A new study finds that the police department in Kansas City, Missouri, is top heavy with managers compared to other similar-sized or bigger cities and should get more officers on the street.

The Matrix Consulting Group's 300-page report also says increasing the city's number of patrol officers by roughly three dozen should be an "urgent priority."

The report's release comes as the city grapples with a surge in homicides. The study finds that there could be a reduction of 30 sworn personnel and an addition of 88 civilians.

City Councilwoman Alissia Canady says the department has enough staff but doesn't adequately deploy it. She agreed with adding more patrol officers, four more homicide detectives and six more assault detectives.

When patrol bureau personnel were asked whether resources are adequate to meet the needs of the city, more than 80 percent strongly disagreed.

The study concluded that based on the responses received, the majority of people who responded felt additional personnel was needed.

The respondents also suggest with increased patrol officers and detectives. The level of service would go up for the people of Kansas City.

"I just know from being out here in the community, we definitely need more officers, said Rosilyn Temple who heads straight out to most homicides scenes where someone is grieving the loss of a child by violence.

Temple says it's clear to her more officers are desperately needed.

"I have been at one homicide scene when there's another one occurring - so they have to run same squad to the other one. They have to pull the squad because there've been so many homicides in one week or one day. So many people can do so many things so we have to come together and work together,” Temple said.

It is suggested Kansas City police need more than 35 additional officers. But for budget concerns, the answer could be to shift personnel to where they're needed most, even if it means moving them out of an office and back onto the street.

Kansas City police say they need time to go over the report before making any comments on the recommendations.

The Fraternal Order of Police said it will wait for the findings to be presented to the board next month but says it does have serious questions and concerns with how the results were reached.

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