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Posted on: June 15, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT to Host Neighborhood Events

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting its third neighborhood event Friday, June 17 in Blue Springs, just off I-70 at the corner of NW Woods Chapel Road and NW Kingsridge Drive. Event will include free gun locks.

Blue Springs Event Will Include Free Gun Locks

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting its third neighborhood event Friday, June 17 in Blue Springs, just off I-70 at the corner of NW Woods Chapel Road and NW Kingsridge Drive.

What: COMBAT Prescription Drug Take Back and Neighborhood Cleanup

When: Friday, June 17 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: 1108 NW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, Missouri

Who: Stacey Daniels Young, COMBAT Director, and Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor

In 2013, COMBAT partnered with the City of Blue Springs Police Department as part of the Anti-Violence Special Initiative (AVSI) to target high-crime areas around Jackson County. Crime mapping data identified several hot spots near the former Kingsridge and Candletree apartment complexes. Volunteers handed out door hangers and resources to residents urging them to help rid crime and violence from their neighborhood.

Since then, a lot has changed around this neighborhood. Blue Springs Police Department introduced the Crime Free Program training and certification at these locations to prevent illegal activity out of rental properties. Blue Springs has been offering the Crime Free Programs to landlords and management for more than 10 years. Today, both complexes have new management and have been recently renovated.

In the crime stats report from 2014-2015, the Blue Springs Police Department responded to 12 robberies, 9 sexual assaults, 188 assaults, 263 domestic violence offenses, with zero homicides. Combined, that averages out to 1.3 reported incidences per day.

This neighborhood event will feature a Prescription Drug Take Back utilizing a drug incinerator operated by the Jackson County Sheriff. The “Drug Terminator” destroys drugs and narcotics with a clean, smoke-free burn. Residents can bring unused prescription or over-the-counter medicines to be destroyed.

Free gun locks will be available for residents. On-site demonstrations will be available upon request.

In addition, dumpsters will be available for residents to drop off bulk items like small appliances, furniture, televisions, mattresses and more. Teams of volunteers will deploy through the neighborhood cleaning up trash in streets and on sidewalks.

Other neighborhood events scheduled for the summer include:

Friday, July 29: 2 p.m. -- Independence/Sugar CreekFriday, August 26: 2 p.m. -- Raytown

Details will be sent via media advisory for each event as it approaches.

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