Local media didn't want to focus much on homicide stats at the conclusion of the year and were mostly content simply report a decline from the record-breaking numbers in 2020.
However, here's a counterpoint that deserve consideration . . .
CHECK 2021 MURDER SPIKES THROUGHOUT KCPD PATROL DIVISIONS & NOTICE DEADLY VIOLENCE SPREADING THROUGHOUT KANSAS CITY!!!
In fact . . .
The only real progress comes from East Patrol.
But here's the point . . .
The numbers tell a story of local murders at record levels in Central & South Patrol.
Here's the most useful passage with our highlights . . .
In the South Patrol area there were 22 homicides in both 2020 and 2021. The number of homicides in Metro Patrol, North Patrol and the Shoal Creek patrol area only went up or down by one between 2020 and 2021.
The number of homicides in the Central Patrol area went up significantly from 2020 to 2021, increasing from 27 to 35, but the biggest change took place in East Patrol where homicides decreased from 78 in 2020 to 48 in 2021. That was still the highest number of any patrol division, exceeding the 43 homicides in 2021 in the Metro Patrol area which was the second highest number.
Firearms (primarily handguns) were the weapon used in nearly all of the homicides, followed by knives that were the weapon used in only 10 of the homicides. While the motive for most of the 2021 homicides remains unknown to authorities, arguments were listed by police as the main contributing factor in 34 of the homicides, followed by domestic violence in 13 of the homicides.
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By John Sharp Although not as deadly as 2020 which set a new annual record for homicides in KCMO with 179, there were 157 homicides recorded by the Kansas City Police Department in 2021 which was the second highest number on record, barely exceeding the 153 homicides recorded in 1993 that was previously the second highest number.