New KCK police chief planned for a cold case unit, even before petition began


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A new petition pushes for the Kansas City, Kansas police department to create a new Cold Case Unit.

Supporters of the Justice for Wyandotte petition asked that it be created to focus on the 400 unsolved murders since 1965 that plague the community.

The Kansas City Police Department responded, saying that new Chief Karl Oakman has publically stated that finding a way to establish a cold case unit is one of his goals. It’s something the department said Oakman focused on during his interview process with the Unified Government.

The police department said Oakman hopes to be able to form the unit sometime early next year but budgets and a shortage of police officers across the country has made expanding or establishing new units difficult.

According to the Kansas City, Kansas, police department less that 10% of police departments in the U.S have units specifically dedicated to reviewing cold cases.

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