Stop the violence!
That’s the core message of KC NoVA (Kansas City’s No Violence Alliance), a new effort by key law enforcement and city leaders to reduce violence in Kansas City’s urban core.
Throughout 2013, KC NoVA partners – the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the mayor of Kansas City, the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole and the University of Missouri-Kansas City – are implementing this new strategy to reduce violent crime in the city. As part of that strategy, KC NoVA will communicate directly with persons identified as members of groups associated with violent crime in the city.
KC NoVA aims to bring the community and law enforcement together to actively communicate and engage to reduce violence. This strategy for violence reduction follows similar successful models used across the nation. Operation Ceasefire in Boston, MA reduced youth homicide by 63% and Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence in Cincinnati reduced homicide involving group members by 47%.
KC NoVA uses police intelligence to analyze the relationships among criminals, mapping offenders and their associated groups. Key members of those networks will be invited to meet with KC NoVA leaders and their partners, including community leaders and the faith-based community. At those so-called call-ins, invited group members will be asked to stay away from violence. Offers to connect them to social services will be made. If violence results, anyway, group members will attract the swift attention of law enforcement.
Those choosing to be involved in violence, as well as their associates, will receive the full attention of this new law enforcement alliance.
KC NoVA launched in late January 2013, when it focused on a Northeast Kansas City-area group associated with violence. A total of 17 people, including suspects in multiple homicide investigations. Forty-nine warrants were cleared by the arrests and 15 new charges brought. Officers also recovered 4.5 grams of cocaine, 224 grams of marijuana and 200 pills. That crackdown demonstrations to those group members unwilling to change will be arrested and prosecuted by law enforcement.
KC NoVA is supported by its partner agencies, which have donated personnel, time and equipment, as well as outside funding from local grantmakers, including the Greater Kansas City LISC (Local Initiative Support Corp.) and Jackson County COMBAT.
Kansas City Police Department
Jackson County Prosecutor
Mayor’s Office, City of Kansas City
Missouri Board of Probation of Parole
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Kansas City Crime Commission
City Prosecutor’s Office, Kansas City
Greater Kansas City LISC (Local Initiatives Support Group)
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Department of Homeland Security