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March 21, 2014

Missouri urban crime summit report released

State and city officials in Kansas City and St. Louis made six recommendations and best practices for addressing crime

A report released Friday outlines six recommendations — from employing new technologies to adding more people to the panel that oversees Kansas City police — to help fight urban crime in Missouri.

The report spun from the Urban Crime Summit convened last year by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and city and police officials from Kansas City and St. Louis.

Among the report’s recommendations:

• Change Missouri law to create a pilot “armed offender” court docket to handle cases involving the use of firearms in Jackson County and St. Louis.

• Adopt “proactive, evidence-based policing strategies” in the state’s law enforcement agencies. The idea is to make the most of police resources to focus on “specific geographic areas and high-risk individuals.”

Officials in Kansas City already have been using that type of strategy with the Kansas City No Violence Alliance and through changes in Police Department patrol deployments.

• Add two more members to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. Those additional members would be city officials who oversee budget and general services. The change would require action by the Missouri General Assembly.

• Increase use of real-time surveillance technology.

• Enhance efforts to assist prisoners with community re-entry and adjust the pay scale for county sheriffs.

The report can be viewed online at

ago.mo.gov/UrbanCrimeSummit/.

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