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Fayetteville police chief finalist for Kansas City job

Posted September 9, 2011

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— Fayetteville police chief Tom Bergamine announced Friday that he is a finalist for a chief of police position in Kansas City, Mo.

"Although I thoroughly enjoy leading the men and women of the Fayetteville Police Department, this is an opportunity to bring the same successes that Fayetteville has experienced to the community in Kansas City," he said in a statement.

He praised his officers and the citizens for helping the city reduce its crime rate. He added that he won't be making any more comments, since the job selection process is under way. 

Fayetteville's violent crimes fell by 14.2 percent in 2010, including a 7.7 percent drop in so-called Part I crimes that include homicide, rape and robbery, according to statistics released in January. Property crimes fell 7.1 percent last year, and burglaries dropped 8.2 percent, figures show.

The Fayetteville Police Department also made news earlier this year after some residents accused officers of racial profiling.

In 2010, Fayetteville police made 38,595 traffic stops. Of those, officers searched 1,610 black drivers and 510 white drivers.

Hundreds attended a public forum on the issue in March, hosted by Bergamine. Despite numbers showing blacks were stopped and searched more, the chief said he didn't think any of his officers were racially profiling.

Bergamine was named Fayetteville's police chief in April 2007 after spending 29 years with the force. He worked his way through the ranks, making sergeant, lieutenant, assistant chief and finally chief. 

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  • Sherlock Sep 9, 2011

    Wish him the best of luck

  • solarflare40 Sep 9, 2011

    Sorry scubagirl ;)

  • cantstandya Sep 9, 2011

    If he thinks he has racial profiling problems now wait till he gets to K.C.

  • Scubagirl Sep 9, 2011

    solarflare...you beat me to it :)

  • solarflare40 Sep 9, 2011

    RE: "Although I thoroughly enjoy leading the men and women of the Fayetteville Police Department, this is an opportunity to bring the same successes that Fayetteville has experienced to the community in Kansas City,"

    Is he joking? Every time you turn on the news, someone has been beaten, or killed in Fayetteville. What success could he possibly be referring to? Who cares if the crime rate dropped when people are being murdered there on a regular basis.

  • solarflare40 Sep 9, 2011

    WRAL had this listed under "Breaking News" earlier. How is this news at all period?

  • dejavu2u Sep 9, 2011

    With 29 years, working his way up the ranks and being ultimately accountable for Fayetteville's crime rates, I'd say the reduced rates speak highly of him as a leader. Just because more blacks are stopped and searched than Whites doesn't mean he's a bigot. The officers are profiling... for law violations and criminal activity. The racial statistics speak for themselves as a result of the violations. Connect the dots, folks.

  • timothycapwell Sep 9, 2011

    Yikes! Kansas City already has a problem with crime. I doubt this'll help.

  • airbornemonty Sep 9, 2011

    "Although I thoroughly enjoy leading the men and women of the Fayetteville Police Department..." So said the Fayetteville police chief.

    When he and mayor forced the Fayetteville police officer to change her accident report to suit the mayor's female friend, he lost the trust that I might have had for him.

    Quite frankly, if he gets the job in Kansas City, it will be their loss and Fayettevill's gain and good riddance. And now to get rid of the mayor....

  • fayncmike Sep 9, 2011

    "He did such a good job there, now he can fix KC.
    udaycoosay"

    If he "fixes" Kansas City the way he fixed Fayetteville their going to be in big trouble there. Actually I'm surprised Kansas City is considering him. The mid west isn't nearly as bigoted as the south so he won't really fit in there too well. He'd do better looking in Alabama or Mississippi.

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