Cops & Crime
3:32 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Inner Workings of KC NOVA Are Defined For City Leaders

The commander of Kansas City’s No Violence Alliance says  university researchers have  identified what he called a “social network of violence” and it’s starting to collect criminals or convince some of need to change. The murder rate is still expected to rise this year.

No Violence Alliance Commander CAPT Joe McHale.
No Violence Alliance Commander CAPT Joe McHale.

As benchmark, Alliance head, Police Captain Joe Mchale  says Kansas City  has, by percentage, more homicides than the city that epitomizes, for many, deadly Midwestern violence, “let’s look at our numbers compared to Chicago.  Murders in Kansas City, per 100 thousand people per year, 22.9.  Chicago is 15.9.”

When McHale spoke  Wednesday to the City Council Public Safety Committee  there had been 72 homicides for the year. 

He told them to expect  a hundred.

McHale said some answers include UMKC collected data that identifies thousands of social and family connections between criminals and associates,   connections used to deliver a message being hammered at them. Take help to change or go to jail or die on the streets.

The intelligence networks spell out a web of connections for every real or potential future criminal.

Networks are used as a tool to contact and convince people the law-abiding path is preferred.

Council members agreed one of the most powerful voices NOVA brings to gatherings of actual and potential violent criminals is Mothers-in-Charge, a collection of women who have lost their children to homicide.

Councilman Michael Brooks  said their message is unparalleled for intensity.