KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Auditor’s Office presented findings from an audit of the Kansas City Police Department on Tuesday.

The audit is meant to improve the police department’s budgeting process and increase transparency, so taxpayers can see how their dollars are being spent.

According to the City Auditor’s Office, Police Chief Stacey Graves has agreed in part with the recommendation from the audit.

The audit comes after the city council passed an ordinance in March 2022. It involved not only establishing a community policing and prevention fund but also required the city auditor to conduct quarterly audits.

This week’s audit is the final audit for the $33.36 million in funding.

The main recommendation from this latest audit is for the police department to submit an amended budget to the police board of commissioners, showing line item spending like salary increases and hiring officers.

Here are the findings:

  • The auditor is submitting quarterly reports to see how taxpayer money is being spent on policing.
  • The audit has found that Kansas City Police distributed the money properly so far, but it suggests the department submit an amended budget showing various changes that have occurred line by line.

The auditor’s office will present the recommendation to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and to the Kansas City Finance, Governance and Public Safety committee at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.