Jackson County COMBAT to Host
Anti-Violence Event in Raytown

June 20, 2013 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – On Friday, June 21, staff members of the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) will join COMBAT funded agencies, the Raytown Police Department, and volunteers in canvassing local neighborhoods to inform citizens about anti-violence efforts that are underway in Jackson County. 

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will kick off the event, which will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Friday at Raytown City Hall (10000 E. 59th Street, Raytown, Missouri).

A new anti-violence campaign, which was launched by county leaders in February, urges citizens to “Step Up and Speak Up” by reporting the crime and drug activity they witness in their neighborhoods. Citizens who witness this type of illegal activity are encouraged to call the COMBAT hotline at 816-881-3662. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for citizens to anonymously report criminal activity.

“Law enforcement can’t solve crimes alone. We need our citizens to step forward when they see crime occur in their neighborhood,” said County Executive Sanders. “Efforts like the Step Up Speak Up campaign have proven to be effective in helping to deter crime and illegal drug activity in our community.”

On Friday, COMBAT staff and volunteers will walk through various neighborhoods in Raytown to distribute information and talk with citizens about the Step Up Speak Up campaign. They will hand out yard signs, door hangers, and posters, which includes information on the COMBAT hotline as well as links to the many programs and services that are available through COMBAT.

The Step Up Speak Up campaign is a part of a community wide effort and works hand in hand with programs like the Kansas City No Violence Alliance, which targets those individuals who have made the choice to repeatedly commit crime in the local community.

Jackson County COMBAT is funded through ¼ cent county sales tax that was first approved by county voters in 1989. Since then, the tax has been renewed three times, most recently in 2009 where it passed by a better than two to one majority.

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