WASHINGTON — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and interim Police Chief Joseph Mabin are getting some facetime with President Biden.

The two leaders are attending a White House Public Safety Roundtable with other mayors and police leaders from across the country.

Lucas said they will share ideas and plans on how to improve public safety along with other issues facing U.S. cities. He also talked about the importance the American Rescue Plan Act has played in the city’s funding of public safety during a White House media briefing.

“If we think back just a few years, we had a challenge of tight budgets and rising crime. The American Rescue Plan has filled an important and vital gap for us. In Kansas City, if not for the American Rescue Plan, officers would have lost their jobs, salaries would have been frozen and our city would have become more dangerous,” Lucas said.

Lucas said the plan allowed Kansas City to invest more in the police department than it would have been able to do. That includes funding to hire 150 police officers, something the police department said is critical to replace openings and retirements.

“The funds have allowed us to invest in more police officers. And not only more police officers, but salary increases, so that we can make sure we are recruiting, and more importantly retaining, good officers in Kansas City,” Lucas said.

Lucas said another $10 million is being invested in different technology options and upgrades to help fight crime and make the community safer for everyone.

You can listen to Lucas’ entire comments in the video player at the top of the page.

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