Tips play a vital role in solving crimes.Also, drug-related offenses can escalate to more serious and violent crimes.
Therefore, with violent crimes on the rise in Kansas City, Missouri, Jackson County has launched a "Don't Look... The Other Way. Step Up. Speak Up." drive to promote the use of the County-wide drug-crime hotline, 816-881-3662, being operated by the COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) staff. The information is being taken anonymously.
Personnel handling the calls to 816-881-3662 are on duty weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A system for leaving tips via voicemail messages is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Drugs Lead To Violent Crimes
In January, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, along with Kansas City Police Department and state and federal officials announced the establishment of the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (NoVA). The NoVA initiative is hyper-focused on crime deterrence, but the whole community - every one of us - needs to be vigilant and involved.
"Drug use and drug trafficking lead to violence," said Sanders. "It's fitting that we establish this hotline through COMBAT. We want people to call in and report what they know before more violence occurs."
"The connection between illegal drugs and violence is undeniable," Sanders stated. "We have to break the cycle of drugs causing robberies, assaults and murders."