TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE TOUT 'HISTORIC' 2014 HOMICIDE REDUCTION AMID BLOODY SUMMER 2016 MURDER SPIKE!!!
The topic of violence and polcing is soon to take center stage again in Kansas City and throughout the nation.
Nationally, another police shooting is already sparking protest and outrage . . .
BBC . . . Alton Sterling: Video 'shows US police shooting black man in Louisiana'
Locally (and thanks be unto God) . . . Our discourse is a bit more subdued and involves talking points regarding data . . . Still an important topic . . .
Check this bit of persuasion and a KCPD contention claiming that critics "can't argue with the lowest homicide rate since 1972" . . .
Major Joe McHale talks about historic violence reduction in Kansas City and the impact of their Group Violence Intervention, KC NoVA.
In fact, respectfully, our blog community can argue with this contention about the effectiveness of KC NoVa . . .
- After the election lead up year of strange climate patterns, 2015 was exceptionally violent and Kansas City earned national recognition for a homicide spike.
- In 2016 there is currently a 37% increase in homicides two years running.
- With up to 53 homicides unofficially compared to 37 at this time last year, right now there have been more homicides in Kansas City than at any time in the past five years for this calendar date.
Don't get it twisted, we realize KCPD confronts an EPIC struggle this year amid staff reductions thanks to City Hall budget tinkering.
And so, if we're going to crunch numbers than one statistic from two years ago clearly doe not provide the whole picture.
You decide . . .