Drug Task Force Name Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year
APRIL 15, 2014 -- When new investigators join the Jackson County Drug Task Force, Officer in Charge Dan Cummings tells them, "I'm going to afford you the opportunity of a lifetime, and it's what you make of it. You're going to work harder than ever before in your career, and you're going to have the most fun you've ever had."
What's fun about perilous undercover work, dealing with dangerous drug traffickers?
Cummings answered that question during the Jackson County Legislature's meeting Monday, April 14: "I think we're doing some really great things and putting some really bad people in jail, which is really fun."
Their peers from throughout Missouri agree that Cummings and his Task Force team are raising the standard for excellence with regard to "putting some really bad people in jail." For the third consecutive year, the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association (MNOA) has named the Jackson County Drug Task Force the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year. The association also recognized Cummings as the 2013 Officer of the Year.
New Initiative Urges Witnesses To Help Solve Violent CrimesTo solve most crimes law enforcement officials need someone to talk. If witnesses remain silent -- if they don't share what they know or suspect -- the perpetrator will probably remain at large, able to victimize others.
Because tips are so vital to investigators, getting citizens to call the COMBAT hotline at (816) 881-3662 and anonymously report criminal activity is the focal point of Jackson County's new anti-violence initiative. County Executive Mike Sanders joined Sheriff Mike Sharp and Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker in launching the campaign to curb violence during a news conference February 15.
COMBAT Installs Billboards And Canvas Local Neighborhoods
COMBAT is committed to help curb the violence that is too often triggered by drug abuse and sales. Working with Kansas City No Violence Alliance, COMBAT will be calling on al the people of Jackson County to be vigilant and don't look the other way. Step up and speak up when violent crime intrudes our neighborhoods.
COMBAT has installed two billboards along highly traveled highways through Jackson County. In the upcoming months, COMBAT will increase the amount of billboards throughout Jackson County, encouraging residents, travelers, and neighbors to step up and speak up to violent crimes.
In addition to the highly visiable billboards, COMBAT has partnered with local COMBAT-funded agencies, law enfourcement, and volunteers to centralize the campaign at the homes of Jackson County residents by canvasing neighborhoods with informative door hangers and attractive yard signs.
Watch County Executive Mike Sander's Interview on KCTV-5 Regarding
COMBAT's Anti-Violence Campaign.
Courses Available for Mental Health First Aid
Missouri Department of Mental Health has introduced a program designed to help communitites better understand mental illness and respond to psychiatric emergencies.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a course designed to teach the general public how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help. In this course, participants will learn the five-step Action Plan used to help someone going through a mental health crisis.
Visit the Mental Health First Aid Missouri website to find a course near you.
No Violence Alliance
Jackson County Prosecutor announces KC No Violence Alliance Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, along with Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Kansas City Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, held a press conference on January 30 announcing the formation of KC NoVA, the No Violence Alliance.
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COMBAT Conference To Be Held September 27, 2012
COMBAT is committed to providing our community with opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge in the areas of treatment, prevention and crime prevention efforts. This September, COMBAT is pleased to offer a free conference focusing on trending topics in the fields of prevention, substance abuse treatment, mental health, violence, and ethics.
29th Annual National Night Out Against Crime
Join COMBAT and other communities throughout Jackson County for the 29th Annual NATIONAL NIGHT OUT on August 7, 2012. COMBAT Director, Stacey Daniels-Young, along with Kansas City Mayor, Sly James, will be presenting the 2012 Good Neighbor Awards at Swope Park.
County Drug Task Force Honored As Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year
APRIL 25, 2012 -- The very nature of the Jackson County Drug Task Force's work, which often entails risky undercover operations, means the unit's achievements might frequently be underappreciated. The need to protect the detectives' identities makes publicly acknowledging them a difficult proposition. >MORE
Area Youth Leadership Program Visits Jackson County Courthouse
Sixty area high school students enrolled in the 20/20 Leadership Program visited the Jackson County Courthouse to learn about local government and community awareness. Representing the county were Jackson County Legislature Chairman Dan Tarwater, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, Jackson County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Harell, and Jackson County COMBAT.
Picnic Focuses On Safety & Creating Drug-Fee Communities
Gray skies and some rain failed to put a damper on the COMBAT Drug Awareness Picnic held Saturday, September 17 at Jarboe Park in Kansas City. The inclement weather didn't stop families and community members from coming out to support COMBAT's mission. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker presented the prizes for the COMBAT poetry writing contest.
Public Forum Focuses On Keeping Kids Off Drugs
APRIL 15, 2011 -- The "Full Scope of Hope" public forum COMBAT held April 2 at The View Community Center in Grandview focused on the full range of Jackson County's anti-drug program -- prevention, treatment and law enforcement. But special emphasis was placed on kids and efforts to prevent them from ever using drugs. COMBAT Director Stacey Daniels-Young noted that she and her staff have been conducting meetings with officials from each school district in Jackson County to discuss how to more effectively convey the anti-drug message to students of all ages.
Forum Focuses On Encouraging Signs In Fight To Curb Drug Abuse & Crime
OCTOBER 19, 2010 -- The money raised through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT) is making a difference. During an October 16 public forum entitled "The Full Scope of Hope," COMBAT staff and representatives from various programs and agencies funded through the tax described the hopeful signs they've seen that COMBAT has, indeed, helped curb drug abuse and drug-related crime throughout Jackson County. The forum focused on COMBAT's three-pronged approach to combating illegal drugs -- prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
More Than 140 Attend COMBAT Conference
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 -- The COMBAT-sponsored conference -- "Improving Community Responses to the Risks We See Everyday" -- attracted more than 140 attendees September 24, including representatives of several agencies that have COMBAT-funded prevention and treatment programs. Individuals from throughout Kansas and from Nebraska were also among those in attendance, seeking insight as to how to prevent drug abuse in their communities.
COMBAT Public Forum June 5, 2010
Discover how COMBAT is making our community a safer place. Everyone is welcome to attend this public forum at the Mattie Rhodes Center. Join COMBAT staff, elected officials, community law enforcement officials and representatives from COMBAT-funded agencies. Learn more about COMBAT's three-pronged approach to combating illegal drugs as both a legal issue and public health crisis, with revenue generated through Jackson County's Community Back Anti-Drug Tax going toward prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
COMBAT 'Awareness' Picnic Focuses On Kids
SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 -- The focus was on children during the 15th COMBAT "Annual Drug Awareness Picnic" September 12 at Hill Park in Independence. The picnic featured a "Tomorrow's Future: Today's Youth" theme. Approximately 500 people attended the event hosted by COMBAT. It was held in conjunction with the 20th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors each September.
Drug Awareness Picnic Saturday, September 12, 2009
Help celebrate sobriety. Listen to amazing testimonies and poetry from youths who have themselves or with a loved one battled the disease of addiction. Area high school bands will be performing throughout the event, and several fun activities for the entire family are being planned. Drug treatment and prevention information will also be made available.
COMBAT Established Drug-Crime Hotline (816) 881-3662
Jackson County has launched a "Take Back Our City!" drive to promote the use of a Countywide drug-crime hotline -- (816) 881-3662 -- being operated by the COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) staff. County Executive Mike Sanders knows tips play a vital role in solving crimes. As a former County Prosecutor, he also realizes drug-related offenses can escalate to more serious and violent crimes.
County Conducts A Series Of COMBAT Community Meetings
JUNE 2, 2009 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar , other law enforcement officials and the COMBAT staff in conducting a series of community meetings to examine crime trends within the County, with an emphasis on the important role COMBAT (the Community Backed Anti-drug Tax) has played in making our communities safer.
APRIL 15, 2009 -- Raising public awareness about the agencies, programs and initiatives supported through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax is among Stacey Daniels-Young’s chief objectives as Jackson County’s new COMBAT Director.
Program's Gift Of A Home Changes Many Different Lives
APRIL 9, 2009 -- As part of the innovative "Constructing Futures" program, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and County Legislator James Tindall Sr. (2nd District) presented keys to a remodeled home to a Kansas City woman and her two daughters. The program, which Sanders unveiled last November, addresses three key issues: vacant and abandoned houses, job-training programs for former offenders and the plight of homeless families.
County Executive Names Senior Staff For COMBAT
FEBRUARY 17, 2009 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced today the hiring of three individuals to lead the County's COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax) program. Stacey Daniels-Young will serve as the new Director of COMBAT, and she said the new leadership team looked forward to "building on the success of the program."