KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City will no longer receive federal funding from Homeland Security. What that means is cities are now on their own when it comes to training local law enforcement on how to spot and react to potential terrorism.
Kansas City council members discussed the situation during a committee meeting at City Hall on Wednesday. According to Homeland Security, the federal government has spent more than $640 billion total since 9/11 in an effort to make the country safer.
That money went to cities across the country to be spent on new equipment and police training.
In 2004, Homeland Security sent Kansas City $13 million. Last year, that dwindled to one million dollars and now, there will be no more. Despite the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, experts say cities are losing the money because the chances of a terrorist attack in Kansas City are slim, plus tight federal budgets has Congress pulling back funding.
“Unfortunately, Kansas City may be victim to the fact that Homeland Security come under scrutiny quite a bit lately, especially last year, for a lot of waste especially smaller jurisdictions…. spending money on equipment that wasn’t needed,” said Michael Tabman, former FBI agent
Police Chief Darryl Forte said in light of the loss of funding, it will be more important now citizens to keep their eyes open for suspicious behavior and to call police if they suspect suspicious behavior. Forte said police will continue to work with the FBI to ensure a terrorist attack never happens in Kansas City.