FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 11, 2003
Airport Police study findings announced
The Kansas City Airport Police is currently providing a professional level of service in carrying out security and law enforcement at Kansas City International Airport and should be maintained separately from the Kansas City Police Department. That recommendation is among the findings released in a report today by a consultant hired to assess the feasibility of having the KCPD take over the present Airport Police.
Representatives of CTI Consulting of Bethesda, Md., presented the report at the City Council Business Session today. The study also evaluated potential cost savings, service to City residents, and service to the Airport community if the current Airport Police facilities were to serve as a far north district police station.
In performing the study, CTI reviewed documents and records; made site visits; and interviewed Airport and City stakeholders including two City Managers, City Council members, Aviation Department executives, the KCPD Police Chief and senior staff, Airport Police management, the Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director, and airline station managers.
Key areas of the study included analysis of the current Airport Police mission; capability to carry out their mission; perceptions and opinions of Airport and City stakeholders; differences of KCPD and Airport Police regarding mission, federal requirement compliance and training; and specific cost and service benefits of combining both police forces.
Key findings include:
The Airport Police is in full compliance with all requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and TSA related to airport security and currently provides a professional level of service in carrying out their security and law enforcement missions.
Airport management has fully supported the security mission of the Airport Police and its need for quick and effective response to TSA and Homeland Security Program requirements.
There would be no increase in the level or quality of service to the Airport community or to the residents of the far north side of the City if the KCPD assumed responsibility for Airport security.
Because of the differences in salaries of the KCPD compared to Airport Police, the cost savings in keeping the Airport Police separate could be more than $1 million annually.
There is insufficient space at the present Airport Police facilities to house both the KCPD and Airport police forces, so another police station would have to be built at the Airport.
In addition to recommending the Airport Police remain separate, the study also recommended:
Continuing the close level of cooperation and coordination between the two police forces on routine and special incidents.
The Airport Police should include appropriate KCPD staff in Airport security and emergency drills and tabletop exercises to familiarize them with first responder and tactical team support measures and strategies.
The Airport Police and the KCPD should develop and continuously upgrade a training program for presentation to KCPD officers who are assigned to the North Patrol Division substation, and should require refresher training to coordinate response to aircraft emergencies.
CTI Consulting was selected to perform this study because of their specific functional, subject matter and technical expertise in airport security issues. This includes significant experience in management and staffing evaluations for airports and municipal police departments; comparing and contrasting airport police and municipal police providing security services at airports; regulatory compliance including FAA/TSA amendments in response to September 11 events; airport security training programs; and financial analysis.
CTI and its associates have performed various studies for many major airports, including Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago Midway, Boston Logan International, Baltimore/Washington International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Pittsburgh International, San Diego International, Detroit Metropolitan, Washington Dulles International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, and Charlotte/Douglas International.