Kansas City Missouri Police

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Jackson County officials thanked each other Thursday for the successful completion of a project to house Kansas City Police Department detainees on the ground floor of the county detention center.

County Executive Mike Sanders estimates the city will save up to $1 million annually using the Jackson County Detention Center rather than police headquarters to house detainees. The old detention center was in need of costly renovations to comply with American with Disabilities Act accessibility standards.

As protests, riots, community-police tensions and a National Guard presence take hold in St. Louis, on the other side of the state, how is Kansas City doing? Clergy and civil rights leaders have marched to City Hall, and community gatherings have been platforms for candid, cathartic conversations about race.

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As Kansas City prepared for the spotlight of the World Series, a little girl stepped out of a local convenience store. A car drove by, someone fired shots, and in seconds, six-year old Angel Hooper was dead. In the days since her murder, the Kansas City Police Department has received only two tips in its investigation.

Police say there might be as many as 20 victims in the spree of highway shootings around the Kansas City area.

Captain Tye Grant says since the shootings have been widely publicized, a number of people have come forward who think they may have been involved in a similar incident.

Police are now looking into 20 possible shootings on area highways, but Grant emphasizes the number is extremely fluid.

“Because honestly that is changing so much by the time I give it to you and the time you report it, it’s going to change," says Grant.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Nearly 50 years ago, the bosses in the Kansas City Police Department were not too keen about a change in the way they were supposed to patrol the streets.

The first helicopters had just arrived, but they were practically unheard of in police work.

Only after the concept worked did it get almost universal approval. The man who prodded and promoted the idea watches from the distance now. But for a brief hour, the innovator went back to the heliport he started.

A guy walks into the helicopter unit

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A Kansas City law enforcement and community coalition has been formed to attack hate crimes after a recent study found a need for it.

The number of hate crimes in Kansas City has been relatively consistent year after year. But, attempts to eradicate it haven’t worked.

Kansas City’s top FBI agent, Michael Kaste, looked at a bureau study released this week for the nation and region.

The FBI Special Agent In-Charge said 104 hate crimes were reported last year in Missouri.

Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Fall weather brings changes for Officer Nicole Wright as she works her beat for the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department. Kids are back in school, there's Chief's home games to work, but as for October 31, well, as Wright observes, "everyday's Halloween" in East Patrol.

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Crime, every community suffers from some kind of it—whether it’s shoplifting a candy bar, defrauding a bank or dealing drugs as a member of a gang.

Kansas City is no stranger to violent crime, in fact Kansas City as of 2011 ranked as the 18th most violent city in the United States, according to FBI statistics. But the science of crime fighting is always changing.

With 61 people indicted last week on weapons and drug charges, Kansas City is making a statement

Danie Alexander / KCUR-FM

When we first met Officer Nicole Wright last December we learned why this Kansas City, Mo. native chose to serve on the force and in the neighborhood where she grew up.  Today Nicole returns to tell us about her first call of a day back in January that turned out to be her last call of the day.