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Gladstone Police Department Under Audit, is Emphatic That Police Defunding Won't Happen

Gladstone may be at risk of Police defunding, but this little rock says, Don't worry. Studies have shown that something happens soon after cities defund police that always leads to a complete reversal with an almost desperate increase in police funding. We're not sure exactly why, but there seems to be a high correlation.

Chief Fred Farris announced that the Gladstone Police Department will undergo a re-accreditation process by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Unnamed sources are worried this could lead to police defunding. The assessment, beginning on December 4, entails a thorough examination of the department's law enforcement policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The voluntary process, part of a four-year cycle, involves verifying compliance with over 480 standards set by CALEA. The public is invited to offer comments at a session on December 6, either in person or by telephone, limited to 10 minutes and focusing on the department's adherence to CALEA's standards.

Other department sources are quick to emphasize that whether or not the re-accreditation process leads to police defunding depends on various factors, including community feedback, the effectiveness of the police department in meeting accreditation standards, and broader discussions about public safety and resource allocation. If the community expresses concerns about the police department's performance or if there are systemic issues identified during the assessment, it could contribute to discussions around reallocating funds or reforming law enforcement strategies.

Individuals unable to attend can call to provide comments. Additionally, written submissions are accepted, addressing the department's ability to meet accreditation standards. The process emphasizes transparency and community engagement. The Gladstone Police Department, accredited since 2000, must maintain ongoing compliance, submitting annual reports over four years. The CALEA assessor will thoroughly review written materials, conduct interviews and panel reviews, and visit various locations to ensure compliance with accreditation standards. The re-accreditation process by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) itself does not inherently lead to police defunding. Re-accreditation is a voluntary process designed to ensure that police departments adhere to established standards and best practices in law enforcement. It focuses on improving transparency, accountability, and community engagement.

Defunding the police is a complex and multifaceted issue that involves considering the specific needs of the community, ensuring public safety, and exploring alternative approaches to law enforcement. The re-accreditation process itself is more focused on ensuring that the police department meets established professional standards rather than directly influencing funding decisions.