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Native Son Becomes Latest Chief Of Police For Kansas City, Kansas

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Carlos Moreno
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KCUR 89.3
Newly sworn Kansas City, Kansas, Police Chief Karl Oakman responds to applause after being introduced on Monday, June 14.

After nearly 30 years with the Kansas City, Missouri police department, Karl Oakman crosses the state line to become Chief Oakman.

Having risen to the rank of deputy chief on the Missouri side, Oakman describes joining the Kansas City, Kansas, force as "a nice homecoming." When it comes to priorities for the department he says, "My main focus is to make sure officers are well internally so you have good officers serving the community."

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