The Kansas City Police Department has long struggled to get information about violent crimes from community members because of a host of reasons, including fear of retaliation. In a couple of recent high-profile cases, suspects were apprehended thanks in large part to community-based efforts.
On Tuesday's Central Standard, we spoke to Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté about these recent cases, and checked in on the state of policing in our community.
Kansas City's Police Chief says he wants to expand a gunfire detection program to four other regions of the city following positive data from the first area.
Police Chief Daryl Forte has run the Shot Spot program for eight months and says it has reduced aggravated assaults 24.6% in the 3.5 square mile area. Forte has never clearly defined the district for what he says are intelligence reasons.
Forte has asked Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to take the case to federal agencies to ask for funding beyond the $720,000 to set up and maintain the 5 year program.
Kansas City Police will continue to offer few specifics about the new No Violence Alliance, NoVA. Critics who want to know more about how it will operate and who are the most violent criminals it will target will have to wait.