Monday, January 29, 2018
KCPD CHIEF EXPLAINS NEW PARTNERSHIP: WILL SOCIAL WORKERS SAVE KANSAS CITY FROM MORE HOMICIDES?!?!
Just a few moments ago, KCPD Chief Rick Smith offered more explanation about social workers working with the KCPD in his latest blog post.
Take a look:
KCPD Chief: Social workers coming to all patrol divisions
The Hall Family Foundation is providing $640,000, and the City of Kansas City is matching that with $470,000 to fund six social workers and a program coordinator for the next three years. The social workers’ primary function is to provide support and act as a resource for officers through community outreach, support and service referrals.
As I said in an earlier post, we are willing to forge nontraditional partnerships that work to decrease crime in our city. People who don’t have their basic needs met will always look for alternative means. The KCPD is striving to assist with those alternative means, as opposed to criminal means.
More importantly, here's what the collabo hopes to accomplish . . .
The goals of the social worker program are to:
1. Cultivate a shared mission for service providers to work together, decreasing gaps in services and strengthening each other’s ability to influence people who need help and act as a safeguard in times of crisis.
2. Provide prevention support for youth identified as mid-level risk due to past police contact, criminal activity or escalation in crime type.
3. Increase the public’s overall satisfaction with police by offering another level of customer service and problem-solving actions to the Police Department.
Read the post in its entirety.
Now that there's more explanation of the effort the question goes out to our blog community at large . . .
WILL THE KCPD & SOCIAL WORKER COLLABO WILL HELP PREVENT MORE KANSAS CITY CRIME???
You decide . . .