WOOD HEIGHTS– Exact words varied, but about a dozen city residents fired the same message at Aldermen Bernard Allen and Mark Ragar: “Disband the police department? Hell, no.”

“Do you want to be proactive and tell the criminals we don’t want them in our area, or do you want to be reactive after the fact?” former Kansas City police officer Jay Lawson, Excelsior Springs, asked the board. “Once they know you don’t have a police department, they’re going to come in.”

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