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Chief's Blog: We're making changes to address homicides and non-fatal shootings

Publish Date 01/17/2020
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"While so much of our other crime is trending downward, shootings and homicides remain a persistent issue in our city. Although police are by no means solely responsible for the increase or decrease in these crimes, we are obligated to do everything in our power to address them and bring offenders to justice.

"We also know we can’t work in a vacuum. It takes partnerships across the city and an evaluation of best practices nationwide to make the systemic changes needed to impact our stubborn violent crime rate. In 2019, Kansas City had 148 homicides and 491 non-fatal shootings."

Read the full blog to see the changes we're making to focus on prolific violent offenders, reviewing all homicides and non-fatal shootings on a weekly basis, and adding investigative resources.