What Strategies is Kansas City Using to Reduce Crime?

The objective related to animal control is: Reduce crime among all age groups, placing an emphasis on young offenders. Below are the strategies from the current Citywide Business Plan that the City is pursuing that relate to this objective. These strategies provide insight into the departments that are involved and the actions that are being taken.

Below are the objectives from the current Citywide Business Plan that outline the specific strategies that the City is pursuing that relate to reducing crime. These objectives provide insight into the departments that are involved and the actions that are being taken.

a.       Expand the city’s efforts on building relationships with partner agencies and to increase youth intervention and anti-violence programs. (Office of the City Manager)
b.      Work with area school districts and other organizations to expand access to programming for the City’s youth. (Office of the City Manager)
c.       Using the Public Health approach to reach young audience members in regard to (1) the physical realities of being a gunshot victim; (2) curfew, truancy, and the consequences; and (3) the unintended consequences of a marijuana conviction. (Office of the City Manager)

Crimes Against Persons

Crimes Against Persons are crimes whose victims are always individuals, including homicides and assaults. Crimes against persons under NIBRS include different types of assaults, sexual crimes and murders. The chart below shows the total number of crimes against persons for previous fiscal years and the current fiscal year to date. Assault offenses make up the vast majority of crimes against people. 

Crimes Against Property

Crimes against property include those where the primary objective of the crime is to obtain money, property, or some other benefit at the cost of another. Crimes against property include crimes such as theft, burglary, fraud, and vandalism. Larceny/theft offenses and burglary/breaking and entering are the most common types of property crime. The chart below shows the total number of crimes against persons for previous fiscal years and the current fiscal year to date.

2017 Crime Reports

Below is a point map at the block level of crimes reported to KCPD in 2017. The full dataset is available on Open Data KC and is updated daily - it includes information about both victims and suspects. The below map has been filtered to only include victims in an attempt to avoid duplication.

Special Initiatives To Address Violent Crime

Several efforts are currently underway that seek to ultimately reduce the number of violent crimes, especially homicides in Kansas City.

In early 2013, many law enforcement and service organizations joined forces to create the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA). In addition, approaching violent crime from the perspective of public health, the Kansas City Health Department oversees the Aim4Peace Program.

The chart below illustrates the number of homicides committed in Kansas City over almost 90 years. In 2014 there were 79 total homicides. This represents a significant decrease from previous years and is the lowest level since 1972. To look more closely at a shorter time period, you can select that period on the timeline at the bottom of the chart. This visual does not control for Kansas City's population changes since 1926. (updated annually)

Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA)

KC NoVA is a new, innovative initiative coordinated by the Kansas City Police Department that focuses on "interrupting" the cycle of violent crime by relying on partnerships with organizations providing social services, faith based services, probation and parole systems, law enforcement and family support groups. KC NoVA's goal is to reduce violent crime, especially homicides, in Kansas City's urban core. KC NoVA uses police intelligence and analysis to map the relationships among criminals. Key leaders in these mapped crime networks are invited, or "called in" to meet with KC NoVA leaders and partners, where they are asked to stay away from violence. Below is a photo of a recent call-in session, in which mothers of homicide victims explain the horror of losing a child because of a violent crime.

For more information about KC NoVA, visit:

http://youtu.be/OZLNJwM5_RQ

https://www.facebook.com/KCNoVA

Aim4Peace Program

Aim4Peace is a Kansas City Missouri Health Department program that uses a public health model to prevent, disrupt and limit the spread of violence, especially retaliatory violence. Aim4Peace identifies individuals at high risk of becoming involved in violence and calls on a team of trained, community members to act as first responders who:

  1. Provide one-on-one case management and conflict resolution
  2. Intervene in violent situations to broker peace
  3. Appear at hospitals after penetrating injuries occur in order to prevent retaliatory violence.

The program began in Kansas City in 2008 and is built upon the internationally acclaimed model Cure Violence (formerly Chicago CeaseFire).For more information about Aim4Peace, visit: http://kcmo.gov/health/aim4peace/

Citizen Feelings of Safety

One of the best long-term indicators of the overall effectiveness of crime reduction and prevention efforts is how safe citizens feel in the city and in their neighborhoods. The Citizen Satisfaction survey provides data on how satisfied citizens are with safety overall in Kansas City, as well as safety in their neighborhood. This data can be contrasted with the crime rate to measure perceptual differences in safety. Citizens overall feeling of safety in Kansas City has been steadily increasing since FY2011. (updated annually)

KCStat Meetings

All Council priorities, including those in the area of Public Safety, are discussed at KCStat Meetings, which are public meetings held at City Hall and moderated by the Mayor and City Manager. Anyone from the public may attend, or follow the discussion via Twitter (#kcstat). Videos of KCStat meetings and meeting documents are archived online and can be accessed at kcmo.gov/kcstat/