New KCPD unit aims to target, prevent crime

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police officially rolled out a new unit created to cut down on and prevent violent crime in Kansas City, Mo.

The Area Command Unit has two dozen officers broken up into three units. Their job -- target the people and the areas causing the most problems.

"We are going to be very target specific so the people we are stopping are people we've identified and we're looking for." Said Capt. Todd Paulson, the ACU commander.

The program is designed to make the officers the enforcers of the KC No Violence Alliance project. The KC NOVA was created by Police Chief Daryl Forte, Mayor Sly James and Jackson County Prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker.

Captain Paulson says the ACU project is data driven. Crime statistics from KC NOVA are given to one of three ACU units.

Then it's up to the officers to find the target suspects and patrol the problem areas.

"There's a lot of neighborhoods where one house on the block is problem and everybody on the block suffers, we're gonna target that house and try to eliminate that problem so everyone else can have better quality of life on that block," said Capt. Paulson.

In a short period of time, Captain Paulson says the department is seeing results. Suspects have been arrested and illegal guns have been taken off the street. But he also says his officers are keeping with the KC NOVA plan to offer help to suspects or regular citizens who want help.

"If they want to get out of this life kc nova's got social services available and we'll be able to put them in touch with those services to help them get out of this life of crime." explained Capt. Paulson.

The ACU program is set to last a year. Once the year is up, the chief and other commanders will take a look at the results and decide how they want the program to continue.

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