KCPD Historical Information   Lest We Forget
1974 KCPOA Manual

The original KCPOA Lodge was formed in 1969. The links below may be used to view a 1974 KCPOA Manual and Membership Card courtesy of retired Sergeant James E. Martin. Kansas City Police Chief Clarence Kelly utilized strong-arm tactics to successfully thwart unionization efforts by the membership. Kelley attempted to justify his anti-union stance by declaring the efforts of Kansas City Police Officers to achieve official recognition illegal under the existing law of the era even though St. Louis already had their own police officers' association. The original KCPOA Lodge was later dissolved. The chronological history of the formation of the original KCPOA and Chief Kelly's opposition to the organization is outlined in the manual's history section, never to be forgotten, casting a dark shadow on the Clarence Kelly legacy and forever tainting his memory.

The History of the first KCPOA, dating from the Lodge's inception in 1969, begins on page #12 of the manual. This manual has been placed within the KCPOA digital archives that our members may remember the struggle of those who have gone before us toward the professionalization of law enforcement in Kansas City through the representation of the officers, detectives, and sergeants of the KCPD.