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Police Department Reconsiders Staffing Policy

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Police department is rethinking its one car, one officer policy. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

Over the past few months, three officers have been shot pursuing suspects, most recently last week in a chase that ended at 47th and Sterling. In car video, shows a suspect firing some 30 shots at an officer alone in a car. The officers hit by a bullet and it takes about a minute until another patrol car arrives on the scene. Police Chief Jim Corwin says he's reconsidering a decades old policy of one officer per car.

CORWIN: Because of more of these incidents that are occurring to these officers, it seems to me like we need to look at that.

Corwin says he'll look at whether pairing up officers will improve safety. Corwin set no timeline for making the final decision.

Maria Carter, KCUR News.

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