CLEANING UP TRASH HELPS CLEAN UP CRIME — The time taken to clean up a neighborhood—literally gathering up litter and other debris—can go a long way toward helping clean up crime in that neighborhood. That’s why COMBAT and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office will be hitting the streets—33rd Street and Indiana Avenue in Kansas City to be specific—for a neighborhood clean-up event around Central High School on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Dumpsters will be provided for household waste, small appliances and more. Expired or unused medications can also be safely disposed of. >> GET ALL THE DETAILS
KCPD Offering FREE Training
Join Kansas City Police Department Officers for a FREE training on how to PREVENT & REPORT crime, and maintain a safe environment for your family and neighborhood.
6:30 p.m. • Tuesday, October 22
KCPD South Patrol Division
9701 Marion Park Drive
Kansas City, MO 66106
Equivalent Of More Than 250,000 'Doses' (144lbs.) Of Meth Seized
The COMBAT-Funded Jackson County Drug Task Force seized 144 pounds of methamphetamine during a recent search of a Kansas City property. The drugs, valued at more than $12 million, were hidden in metal containers that were sealed inside four tires. Task Force Officer-In-Charge Dan Cummings believes the meth—the largest amount the Task Force has ever recovered at one time—was probably within a day of being distributed for sale throughout the metropolitan area. "I don't think anyone was going to sit on that much meth for very long," he said.
Trauma Surgeons Have Seen Gun Violence Carnage Up Close—And It Is Personal
The words of the trauma surgeons who had threated countless gunshot wounds carried a lot of weight during a KU Medical Center symposium about the epidemic of firearm violence across the nation (and in our own community). But the one non-surgeon who spoke during the day-long event really struck a chord when she said, “Our kids are worrying about being shot in their schools. How many are going to have PTSD? Our kids are thinking like kids in a war-torn nation."
» Part 1: Cause For Concern
Concerns being raised with dispensaries due to open in 2020.
» Part 2: Buffer Zones
Kansas City will allow dispensaries 300 feet from schools.
» Part 3: When Laws Clash
Medical marijuana use while living in federally-subsidized housing might result in eviction.
»Part 4: This Ain't Candy
"Who eats just one Gummy Bear?" Overeating edibles can cause severe reactions.
» Part 5: Just A Coincidence?
Overdose deaths on the rise during same time states have been legalizing marijuana.
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Half Toward Enforcement
COMBAT is supported through a quarter-center sales tax that Jackson County voters first approved in 1989 and have since renewed multiple times—the last time being in 2016 when they voted (with record 77% support) extending the COMBAT text another nine years.
The tax generates more than $20 million a year to support prevention, treatment and anti-violence programs. The County Legislature approved a forumlar to distribute the funding, with half the revenue going toward law enforcement efforts.
A quarter-cent sales tax equates to an extra 25 cents per $100 spend. An estimated 30% of COMBAT revenue is generated by non-Jackson County resident paying the tax when shopping in the county.
Initiative Focuses On Need For Joint Effort To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods
This COMBAT initiative brings together school administrators, police officers, elected officials, mental health professionals, social workers, faith-based leaders and concerned citizens to address violence in Jackson County’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.
With a focus on developing a collaborative, comprehensive and coordinated plan in each “hot spot,” STRIVIN’ recognizes that no one individual or single agency can “save a neighborhood.” It takes working together—striving together—to make any neighborhood a safe place to call home.