Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Check the THE LATEST FROM THE KANSAS CITY NO VIOLENCE ALLIANCE and their ongoing efforts to top local homicides before they start . . .
New violence reduction approach delivers help
The Kansas City No Violence Alliance, a collaboration of key community and law enforcement leaders, offers a variety of services aimed at helping persons close to violence to remake or improve their lives.
To illustrate this, KC NoVA released today a mid-year report on the number of persons it has helped. More than 160 persons have been assessed by KC NoVA client advocates. They were delivered a variety of services, including literacy training, anger management, mental health treatment, housing assistance, substance abuse and job training.
In addition, client advocates have made more than 1,000 home visits in an effort to reach out to at-risk community members who might be in need of continuing to stay engaged in services that might change their lives.
To highlight these efforts, KC NoVA also released today a new video on the help it offers persons. The video can be found at www.facebook.com/kcnova or watched at http://youtu.be/_i4tePBmakk
KC NoVA is a multi-agency collaboration aimed at reducing violence in Kansas City. It is overseen by a governing board of Mayor Sly James, Police Chief Darryl Forte, U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Michael Kaste, ATF SAC Greg Gant, UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton and Jackie Dunn, Missouri Board of Probation and Parole’s regional administrator.
NoVA is modeled on the practice of “focused deterrence,” which uses police intelligence to identify persons closely associated to violence. Those persons are then told about the help they can receive to remake their lives and about the severe consequences of being connected to a group associated with a homicide or violent act.
Focused deterrence and KC NoVA are about more than offering services to potential offenders. Law enforcement partners pledge to work together to more strongly enforce against any individual and his associates who are connected to a homicide. The enforcement group promises to seek every level of legal action against anyone in a group connected to such violence, from child support and illegal cable hookups to filing murder charges.