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Special Prosecution Teams Launched For KC Neighborhoods

New Neighborhood Prosecution Effort

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker with Janette Rodecap, assistant prosecutor.
Four special prosecution teams -- so far -- have been assigned by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to a new effort to focus enforcement and crime prevention efforts in Kansas City neighborhoods.

The first team launched in October in the area around 27th and Prospect Avenue. A second area, along Independence Avenue between The Paseo and Prospect Ave., also launched in 2011.

This year, two new prosecution teams have been assigned to focus on third and fourth areas -- Troost Avenue and Armour Boulevard, as well as the Blue Hills area between Prospect and Paseo, 51st and 59th streets.

By the close of 2012, Prosecutor Baker plans to have 10 neighborhood prosecution teams in place in Kansas City.

Each team, which includes prosecuting attorneys, investigators and other office staff, works with community leaders, residents, other stakeholders and police to focus law enforcement efforts, especially against persons responsible for the area's violent crimes.

"This really does make a difference for the people who live in these neighborhoods," Baker told employees of the prosecutor's office in announcing the new effort.

Baker also named assistant prosecutor Alissia Canady as Neighborhood Prosecution Coordinator. She can be reached at (816) 881-3517. Her email is



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