Race could be a problem in the Kansas City Police Department. The Department has released the preliminary findings of an internal survey showing 43 percent had heard another officer or civilian employee make a racial comment or slur about a citizen. Questionnaires were given to 19,000 officers and civilians in August as part of an effort to examine employees’ perceptions and attitudes on race. The survey is part of a larger effort examining how the Department works internally and how it deals with citizens. About 1,600 of the 1,900 surveys were completed and returned. The results could be used to guide the Department in developing training for employees.
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