Kansas City police discipline 17 officers from troubled Crimes Against Children unit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police have disciplined 17 officers who worked for a unit that often failed to properly investigate crimes against children.

Police Chief Rick Smith said Tuesday seven of the 17 officers are no longer with the department. The discipline came after a nearly three-year investigation into the former Crimes Against Children unit.

The Kansas City Star reports the investigation began in 2015 when police officials learned detectives weren't correctly investigating rapes, child molestations and other crimes against children. Smith said the cases occurred between 2011 and 2016.

Smith blamed the failures largely on the division's organizational structure and personal failures of police officials.

He said the discipline ranged from letters of reprimand to termination.

The division now has a new staff with 10 detectives and two sergeants.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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