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

August 12, 2013 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – On Tuesday, August 13, staff members of the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) will join volunteers and local law enforcement agencies in canvassing local neighborhoods to inform citizens about anti-violence efforts that are on-going in Jackson County. 

The event will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday at Saint Therese Little Flower Parish  (5800 Euclid Avenue, 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.

“All of our citizens, whether directly or indirectly, are effected by acts of violence and illegal drug activity in our community,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “It is vital that all of us continue to engage in efforts will help us build stronger and safer neighborhoods in Jackson County.”

On Tuesday, COMBAT staff and volunteers will walk through the Blue Hills neighborhood in Kansas City 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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