Government & Politics

KC Citizens Task Force on Violence meets tonight

Members of Kansas City’s citizens task force on violence meet Monday night at City Hall and will start to craft recommendations for ways to reduce crime.

The commission has held a host of listening sessions and other meetings since it was appointed last November. It is supposed to complete its work next month.

Monday night’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 10th floor conference room at City Hall. It is open to the public.

Commission Chair Jolie Justus has said she doesn’t want to just produce a report that will gather dust on a shelf. She said she is striving to find recommendations for practical solutions that can be implemented relatively quickly.

Violent crime has been a serious problem for the city during this year of task force meetings. Since January, the city has endured 91 homicides and is on pace to have the highest number of homicides in at least five years.

The city saw a significant drop in homicides in 2014, with 82 recorded for the whole year. But this time last year, the city had endured 80 homicides and went on to record 111. It had 100 violent deaths in 2013 and 106 homicides in 2012.

This year, officials are particularly concerned about a spike in domestic violence deaths, as well as child deaths. Six of the victims have been under age 17.

Lynn Horsley: 816-226-2058, @LynnHorsley