KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The number of homicides in Kansas City is on track to surpass those committed last year. Currently, 39 people have been killed in 2012. That's an average of one person every three days.
Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte said despite the numbers, the city is making great strides in reducing the amount of violence, but that the police department can't act alone. The community needs to partner with police. To make that happen, Forte says his top priority is to rebuild trust.
"There is a disconnect between the police and the community," Forte said, adding that his department needs to do better at building relationships.
Forte has implemented a Hot Spot Program in which more officers patrol high-crime areas. It seems to be helping, but more needs to be done -- and it all goes back to Forte's goal at building a better relationship with those who already fear or dislike police. Others fear the consequences of talking to law enforcement. Forte says that has to change -- and it will when better relationships are established.
See his complete interview with FOX 4's Morning Show below: