September 17, 2013
The governing board of Kansas City No Violence Alliance, known as KC NoVA, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the new violence-reduction effort in Kansas City a three-year, $1 million grant.
“This is wonderful news for the KC NoVA effort,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, a member of the KC NoVA governing board. “This will add to our arsenal to target violent crime by focusing police officers on the right people associated with violence on the streets.”
Kansas City Mayor Sly James called the grant “a huge win for KC NoVA, and it will go far in helping make our neighborhoods more safe.
“Dedicating these resources to the Prospect Corridor will help return that area to the family-centered, vibrant place I remember from my childhood,” James added. “I’ve lived in Kansas City for my entire life and I know what great people, stories, and neighborhoods lie in the Prospect Corridor. This grant will help us roll up our sleeves and do more of the hard work required to make this area of our City shine.”
The grant for Kansas City will focus on an area bounded roughly by 25th Street on the north, 39th on the south and between Paseo and Benton boulevards. The area has one of the higher crime rates in the city.
The grant provides $1 million over three years for Kansas City; the bulk of the funding is split between the second and third years.
This new initiative will use KC NoVA’s focused-deterrence effort to decrease crime in that area by focusing on the small group of active, chronic offenders who cause a disproportionate amount of the violence there. In turn, this should catalyze economic development and improve for residents their quality of life.
Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced this month the awarding of $12 million in Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grants to 14 locations, including Kansas City. No city received more than $1 million for the three-year grant period.
Several KC NoVA partners will receive funding besides the Kansas City (MO) police department, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission (fiscal agent for the initiative); the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology; the city of Kansas City’s Neighborhood Prosecution Program; and Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC).
The KC NoVA governing board launched its first efforts to reduce violence in Kansas City this year and hopes to show reductions in homicides and assaults in 2014. The program uses police intelligence to focus on the social networks of persons involved in violent crime. Then a variety of interventions are aimed at those persons, from effective prosecution, including federal enforcement, as well as social services and other help for those attempting to turn their lives toward something more productive.
The governing board of KC NoVA consists of Police Chief Darryl Forte; Mayor Sly James; U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson; Marino Vidoli, ATF Special-Agent-In-Charge; Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker; and Jackie Dunn, regional administrator for Missouri Board of Probation and Parole; and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton.
KC NoVA would like to especially thank Micah Kubic, the program officer at LISC, who led the effort to apply for this grant. LISC was the initial outside funding source for KC NoVA.
NoVA governing board members will be available early today at the Urban Crime Summit being held at UMKC. A presentation on KC NoVA will be led by Capt. Joseph McHale, KC NoVA’s project manager, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.