COMBAT Public Forums to be Held May 30

May 27, 2009 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Jackson County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar will be joined by law enforcement officials in conducting two public forums examining crime trends, gang activity and crime prevention.  The forums will emphasize the role that the Community Backed Anti-drug Sales Tax (COMBAT) plays in “combating” drug-related crime as well as the prevention and treatment programs funded through COMBAT.  The forums are scheduled for Saturday May 30 at the following times and locations:

Saturday, May 30

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bruce Watkins Center
3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64130

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Fellowship of Christian Athletes World Headquarters
8701 Leeds Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64129

The officials will field questions from and listen to the opinions of the general public.  Also participating in the forums will be new COMBAT Director Dr. Stacey Daniels-Young and representatives from various prevention/treatment agencies funded by COMBAT.

Sanders announced the hiring of Dr. Daniels-Young in February, along with Vincent Ortega as Assistant Director and David Fleming as Planning and Development Administrator. Bringing on board this new leadership staff marked the fulfillment of the final recommendations of the COMBAT Review Committee, which Sanders formed in March of 2007 to review COMBAT’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Both of these forums are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend.