In what may in part reflect the backlash against the defunding movement, voters in Kansas City, Missouri and Detroit approved additional funding this week to their police Departments. In Missouri voters approved an amendment to increase minimum funding to the Kansas City Police department from 20 percent to 25 percent of the city’s general fund, reports Celisa Calacal of KCUJR.
In Detroit, voters approved a proposition to increase the starting salary of police officers to $100,000. The five-year contract, described as an historic landmark by city, union and police officials, which would staunch the number of urban police fleeing to higher paying suburban departments, reported Andrea May Sahouri of the Detroit Free Press. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the agreement will “completely transform this department’s ability to be fully staffed with the best police officers.