This Thursday and Friday, staff members of the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) will join local law enforcement officials and volunteers in canvassing local neighborhoods to inform citizens about anti-violence efforts that are underway in Jackson County.
A new anti-violence campaign, which was launched by county leaders in February, urges 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.
On Thursday, June 6, COMBAT staff will join the Grandview Police Department and other community partners in canvassing local neighborhoods to inform citizens about anti-violence efforts. COMBAT staff members and volunteers will meet at the Belvidere Heights Baptist Church (15109 White Avenue, Grandview, Missouri) before walking through local neighborhoods.
On Friday, June 7, Jackson County COMBAT will join the Lee’s Summit Police Department and Lee’s Summit CARES to promote the anti-violence campaign. Staff members and volunteers will meet in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy (1900 E. Langsford Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri) before walking through local neighborhoods.
Thursday and Friday’s events will both begin at 1:00 P.M.
On both days, COMBAT staff and volunteers will walk through neighborhoods in the community to distribute information and talk with citizens about the Step Up Speak Up campaign. They will hand out yard signs, door hangers, and posters, which include information about the COMBAT hotline as well as links to the many programs and services that are available through COMBAT.
“All of our citizens, whether directly or indirectly, are effected by acts of violence and illegal drug activity in our community,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “It is vital that all of us continue to engage in efforts that will help us build stronger and safer neighborhoods in Jackson County.”
The Step Up Speak Up campaign is part of a community-wide effort and works hand in hand with programs like the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA), which targets those individuals who have made the choice to repeatedly commit crime in the local community.
Jackson County COMBAT is funded through 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 when it passed by a better than two to one majority.