TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KCPD CHIEF: HOT SPOT POLICING RESPONSIBLE FOR DRASTIC KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE REDUCTION!!!
Just now, KCPD Chief Forté released this statement touting KCPD HOT SPOT POLICING as the reason for the reduction in the local murder rate . . .
To wit . . .
AS THE END OF THE YEAR APPROACHES, MORE KANSAS CITY AUTHORITIES ARE GOING TO BE TAKING CREDIT FOR THE HOMICIDE REDUCTION!!!
Here's the word . . . FIRST ON TKC:
KCPD Chief's Blog: Hot Spot Policing is making a difference
Important statement . . .
"I have written about Hot Spot Policing on this blog before, and I wanted to share with you the impact it has had in the two-plus years we’ve been doing it. At the beginning of this year, we nearly doubled the amount of personnel who work in hot spots, which are the small areas of the city where the most violent crime occurs. Every officer, detective and sergeant on this department not in an under-cover position now works six nights a year in a “hot spot.” Essentially, this means there is an extra squad of officers in East, Central and Metro Patrol divisions during their busiest nights every week. In the first half of this year, hot spot personnel worked 7,216 hours. That’s 7,216 hours of additional police service in a six-month period for the residents of our city who are most affected by violent crime, and all of that came from our existing resources.
In 2012, 50 percent of all the city’s homicides occurred in two of our four hot spots. For years, all four areas disproportionately contributed to the number of murders in our city. As of this writing, two of the four hot spots have had zero homicides this year. That is remarkable, and it speaks to the hard work of our officers, as well as the hard work of the community. Overall, Kansas City is down by 24 homicides compared to this date last year."
Now, our blog community needs to discuss this statement . . . Who deserves credit for significantly less murders on local streets or does it have more to do with a slight realignment of stats to conform with national standards.
Developing . . .