KANSAS CITY, MO – Earlier today, the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) formally launched a new and highly visible campaign that will focus on curbing violent crime throughout the community.
Details of the new efforts were announced at a joint press conference this morning with Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp as well as COMBAT staff and community leaders.
The new campaign is urging 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.
Following this morning’s press conference, county officials as well as COMBAT staff and volunteers walked through various neighborhoods throughout the county to distribute information and to talk with citizens about the new anti-violence efforts.
In the coming months, COMBAT staff, COMBAT funded agencies and volunteers will continue canvassing local neighborhoods all over Jackson County to encourage community members to “Step Up and Speak Up.”
Yard signs, door hangers, and billboards will include information on the COMBAT hotline as well as links to the many programs and services that are available through COMBAT.
COMBAT is funded through a 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.