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Happening today: KCPD to announce finalists for new police chief

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The finalists will be named at 11:30 a.m. (KCPD) The finalists will be named at 11:30 a.m. (KCPD)

Kansas City is one step closer to naming its next police chief.

The department will name the finalists in the running for the position on Thursday.

Officials have whittled the candidates down to a small handful after 42 people applied for the position.

The finalists will be named at 11:30 a.m. 

The search for a new chief began shortly after the previous chief, Darryl Forte, announced his retirement in March.

Ultimately, city leaders want the person who understands Kansas City best.

“I want someone who understands the diversity of our community and how important that is,” said Leland Shurin, President of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners.

Several public input sessions were held for the Board of Police Commissioners to hear from Kansas City residents about what qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next leader.

“Someone who can work for community policing, get more officers on the streets, someone who gets along with city Fraternal Order of Police, gets along with the city administration, politicians, the civic council,” Shurin said.

People living in the area also said they would like to see someone who can lower the cities homicide rate. So far, 79 people have been murdered in Kansas City, 24 more than in July of 2016. 

Residents will get a chance to meet and question the finalists one on one next Thursday when the department is holding a public meeting with a question and answer portion.

That meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Kansas City Police Department Headquarters on 1125 Locust Street.

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