Kansas City unveils new plan for cutting crime

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | 9:53 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City and Jackson County law enforcement leaders are going after the city's most violent criminals.

A new initiative targeting people responsible for most of the violent crime in the city was announced Tuesday by Mayor Sly James, Police Chief Darryl Forte and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

It's called the KC No Violence Alliance. Besides focusing on the worst criminals, the program includes job training, education and health care for criminals wanting to change their lives.

The program received a $74,000 grant from Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corp.

The Kansas City Star reports part of the grant will be used to hire a project manager. The rest will go to the University of Missouri-Kansas City to evaluate where to focus resources.

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