Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté is one of MCC’s Distinguished Alumnus

WebChief Forte formal portrait

Darryl Forté is the chief of police for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and has served in this capacity since October of 2011.

Chief Darryl Forté graduated from MCC-Penn Valley in 1985 with an associate degree in applied science with an administration of justice emphasis. He also holds a bachelor degree in criminal justice administration from Park University, a master of liberal arts degree with a management emphasis from Baker University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He began his service with the department immediately following his graduation from MCC. He has served several roles including officer in the East and Central Patrol divisions, a detective in the Drug Enforcement Unit and Metro Patrol Division, a sergeant in the East Patrol Division, Homicide Unit and the Employment Unit, a captain in the Central Patrol and Violent Crimes divisions and Homicide Unit, a major in the Metro Patrol and Violent Crimes divisions, and as deputy chief and executive officer to the chief.

Chief Forté selected MCC as his college of choice because of the affordable tuition and because it was endorsed by many of his friends as an institution that employed caring instructors. Chief Forté credits his MCC experience in preparing him well for the role he carries out today as Chief of Police. He said that his MCC experience afforded him the opportunity to interact with and better understand a diverse population – he met students from other parts of the country and all over the world during his time as a student, which enhanced the learning that took place in the classroom and prepared him well for his current role in which he regularly works with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Chief Forté’s experience at MCC was life-changing for another reason – he met his wife of 27 years, Lori, during his time as an MCC student. You might have guessed that this was his response when asked to describe his favorite MCC memory. To this day, he remembers seeing his wife for the first time on the MCC-Penn Valley campus.  

When reflecting on classroom memories, Chief Forté cites history instructor Dr. Ed Beasley as his favorite instructor. He said that Dr. Beasley’s passion for history and what he learned in studying history, both recent and distant, has made him wiser as it relates to the daily decisions and choices he makes today. He added that the history lessons he learned have aided in his understanding of the world.