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New Kansas City Police Chief discusses her plans to rebuild relationships with the community

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A woman wearing a police chief's uniform looks at the camera and smiles. There is a gray wall behind her.
Carlos Moreno
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KCUR 89.3
Newly installed Kansas City Police Department Chief Stacey Graves.

Stacey Graves is first woman in the nearly 150 year history of the KCPD to be named a permanent chief of the department. She says she plans to focus on creating new opportunities to improve community engagement and relationships with the department.

The new Kansas City Police Chief, Stacey Graves, has inherited a department that is under intense scrutiny. The department currently faces an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, fierce criticism over several shootings by police, and a major staffing crisis.

As she concludes her first full week on the job, Chief Graves says she wants to prioritize rebuilding connections with the community to better address the existing issues with the department.

“We're gonna have to start sitting down and talking to each other and we really got to get moving on a positive policing movement here,” Graves said. “And I think it all starts by just talking.”

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