A Kansas City Police Department undercover squad won the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year award. Chief James Corwin made the announcement on his blog. He doesn't say where the ceremony took place, so we're imagining it happened at a pool hall that's really a command center. Or in a motel room that smells like Paul Giamatti's feet. Or in the back seat of 1970 Dodge Coronet.
The KCPD's Street Crimes Unit 1930 Squad was recognized for its "exemplary performance resulting in positive impact on a community or the law enforcement profession" by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association.
According to the chief's blog, the 1930 squad also received the department's Special Unit Citation at a private ceremony (of course) last week. The men and women who work in the unit gather evidence and intelligence used to obtain search warrants. "They work with some of the city's most dangerous criminals to end the plague of violence that drugs bring to our streets," Corwin wrote.
Donnie Brasco received $500 and a medal for his efforts to infiltrate the Bonanno crime family. There's no telling what the 1930 squad received from its trade group. The Missouri Narcotic Officers Association does not put photos of its annual conference on Facebook. From the website:
For confidentiality, officer safety and security reasons the conference information will not be accessible to the general public.