Friday, January 17, 2020
TKC MUST READ!!! KCPD CHIEF SHARES NEW PLAN TO FIGHT KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE & GUNFIRE CRISIS!!!
Today the KCPD Chief offers local residents a lot more detail and numbers regarding recent changes to KCPD and the 2020 response to rising, deadly Kansas City crime.
Here's the word:
KCPD Chief's Blog: We're making changes to address homicides and non-fatal shootings
The premise . . .
"While so much of our other crime is trending downward, shootings and homicides remain a persistent issue in our city. Although police are by no means solely responsible for the increase or decrease in these crimes, we are obligated to do everything in our power to address them and bring offenders to justice.
"We also know we can’t work in a vacuum. It takes partnerships across the city and an evaluation of best practices nationwide to make the systemic changes needed to impact our stubborn violent crime rate. In 2019, Kansas City had 148 homicides and 491 non-fatal shootings."
A focus on prolific violent offenders
"KC NoVA switched its enforcement strategy last year from targeting group-related violence to targeting individuals who are frequently involved in violent, gun-related crimes."
Reviewing non-fatal shootings
"As of January 8, we are now conducting weekly shooting review meetings. These cover all homicides and non-fatal shootings that took place in the past week and follow up on case progress from previous weeks."
Adding investigative resources
"With 491 non-fatal shootings last year (a 9% increase from 2018), we have doubled the number of detectives in our Assault Squads from 12 to 24. They are charged with investigating cases in which someone is assaulted with a weapon but survives.
"We also have added eight homicide detectives, bringing the total number to 32.
"These shifts have led to us moving resources from other places, like Mounted Patrol. That decision wasn’t popular, but it is needed to focus resources on stopping the perpetrators of gun violence in our city."
Read The KCPD Chief's Post In Its Entirety.
And so, given that the local homicide count is pretty much trending consistently with where it has been over the past five years . . .
WILL KCPD CHANGES & THE NEW PLAN HELP CURB KILLING IN KANSAS CITY?!?
If not, what will???
You decide . . .