MUST READ!!! KCPD CHIEF FORTÉ: COMMUNITY COOPERATION IS KEY TO SOLVING AND PREVENTING HOMICIDES!!!
This afternoon KCPD Chief Forté pens an EPIC response to a Dead Tree Media report that highlights his work in curbing the local murder rate.
Solving and preventing homicides calls for community cooperation
"I have made improving relations between police and the community one of my top priorities as Chief of Police. It works hand-in-hand with my other top priority: reducing violent crime. While 45 percent of 2013’s homicides are technically not cleared, our detectives know who the suspects are in the majority of them. But witnesses often won’t assist with prosecution. The more we get those witnesses – and the community as a whole – to trust us, the more cases get solved. We can eliminate the desire for vigilante justice that turns murder suspects into victims. When the community understands that police can help bring real justice, the needless tit-for-tat violence that endangers innocent bystanders will decline. We are working to bring that understanding through programs like the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA). This program targets our city’s most violent offenders – the ones who insist on perpetuating this cycle of violence – for aggressive prosecution. For those less-violent offenders on the periphery, it offers them a way out through support and social services."
Again, we recommend reading the post in its entirety that offers a look at Kansas City's best effort and last hope of bringing the recent violence spike under control.
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