Jackson County COMBAT to Host
Anti-Violence Event in Kansas City

July 29, 2013 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – On Tuesday, July 30, staff members of the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) will join COMBAT funded agencies and volunteers in canvassing local neighborhoods to inform citizens about anti-violence efforts that are on-going in Jackson County. 

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders is scheduled to kick off the event, which will begin at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday at The Whole Person (3710 Main Street, Kansas City, 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.

“Information from citizens who witness illegal activity is vital to helping law enforcement solve and reduce crime in our neighborhoods,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “In order to keep our community safe, everyone must get involved and stay involved.”

On Tuesday, COMBAT staff and volunteers will walk through midtown Kansas City neighborhoods 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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