September 24, 2013

Justice Department awards $1 million to KC’s new violence-reduction effort

The three-year grant will be used to focus on one of the highest crime areas in the Kansas City.

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a new violence-reduction effort in Kansas City, according to a release from the Kansas City No Violence Alliance.

“This will add to our arsenal to target violent crime by focusing police officers on the right people associated with violence on the streets,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, a member of the KC NoVA governing board, said in a release.

The money will be used to focus on one of the areas with the highest crime rates in the city, according to the release.

The grant will “go far in helping make our neighborhoods more safe,” said Mayor Sly James.

The grant for Kansas City will focus on an area roughly bounded by 25th Street on the north, 39th Street on the south, Benton Boulevard on the east and The Paseo on the west.

Several KC NoVA partners besides the Kansas City Police Department will receive funding, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Kansas City’s Neighborhood Prosecution Program and Local Initiatives Support Corp.

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