Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $209,477)
Project Safe Neighborhoods, Western District of Missouri
Under the coordination and leadership of the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) a PSN task force re-established in 2018 and is currently assisting in the implementation of PSN Grant 2018-GP-BX-0040, 2019-GP-BX-0062 and 2020-GP-BX-0004. The task force combines federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, former and retired law enforcement officials, and local businesses and community organizations to implement a comprehensive holistic crime reduction program. The overwhelming response from partners involved in this task force has been very positive.
The proposed project period is October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2024, contingent on funding availability to implement our action plan. Through intelligence sharing with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Kansas City Missouri Police Department (KCPD), and other state and federal agencies, the PSN task force has identified areas with the highest violent crime rates in Kansas City, Missouri to be targeted for a violent crime reduction strategy. The violent crimes in the target enforcement area are driven by gang or group related narcotics activity including retaliation driven crimes.
The PSN target enforcement area is generally defined by geographic street boundaries from St. John Avenue (1st Street) to 85th Street, and Troost Avenue to Van Brunt Boulevard extended. In a 5-year period of time from January 2015 through December 2019, 484 homicides have occurred in this area. An average of 97 homicides per year. Also, this is 71% of the 678 homicides occurring in Kansas City, Missouri during that time. There was an average of 136 homicides per year. Further, in 2020 we were a little over the average in the TA with 99 homicides versus the 5-year average of 97. This was 63% of the record year of 156 homicides in Kansas City. Consequently, while the percentage of homicides in the target area was 8% less than the 5-year average, the selected target area remains an important area for community policing, neighborhood action and enforcement efforts.
We propose building upon past successful evidence-based interventions to share intelligence, stay current on identifying specific violent crime hot spots within the target enforcement areas to provide coordinated police response to those areas, and to identify prolific violent offenders driving the violence. We are also partnering with the Kansas City, MO. Police Department’s Law Enforcement Resource Center where the recently established Midwest Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) is located and a Gang Intelligence Squad to assist with identifying the violent active trigger pullers in the target enforcement area for investigation and prosecution.
The Western District of Missouri’s PSN program is also working to partner with community engagement and prevention assets to reduce violent crime. The PSN program plans to reintroduce several proven past community awareness strategies, and add to them a targeted social media campaign, to spread the message that those committing violent acts in our community will face severe consequences.