KCPD says Northeast community involvement enabled remarkable crime reduction

December 18, 2018 - 6:48 am

A neighborhood's willingness to step up appears to have brought about a drastic reduction in crime Northeast Kansas City. 

The Old Historic Northeast neighborhood had seen better days. Crime was steadily increasing in 2017, with 11 homocides and 170 reported assaults. Neighbors got together and decided something needed to be done.

"The community asked for help -- we responded in kind, and it's a lot of proactive work in the area," said Maj. Greg Volker, Kansas City Police. "This year we had zero homicides."

Communication among neighborhood leaders seems to have helped keep police aware of problems, allowing them to follow up on leads. 

"I don't want to just reduce violence, I want to reduce the fear of violence," Volker said. "The fear of violence actually causes more issues, because you don't go places, you don't live a normal lifestyle."

Fear is a major reason other communities are reluctant to make changes, Volker said. 

The Kansas City Police Department encourages people to reach out and schedule meetings where plans can be put into place to reduce crime and anxiety.

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