Kansas City leaders to embark on four-day urban crime summit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Did you know Kansas City and St. Louis consistently rank in the top 10 nationally for high levels of violent crime? Later this month Kansas City’s Police Chief, Mayor and others will join law enforcement leaders from across the country for a four-day urban crime summit.

The summit is being put on by Attorney General Chris Koster. He says the goal is to try and find solutions to the heartbreaking problem of violence in Missouri’s two largest cities.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as well as former Boston Police Commissioner William Bratton will be among those in attendance. They’ll join Kansas City and St. Louis’ Police Chiefs, Mayors and others to talk about ways to reduce homicides and get illegal gun off the streets.

Koster says the summit aims to examine the best practices developed throughout the country to address urban crime and develop recommendations for policy reform. He says violent crime affects every aspect of our communities from families and schools to economic development.

A unique aspect of the summit is that the public is invited to attend and weigh in on the problems facing their city. All sessions are free.

The Urban Crime Summit starts Monday September 16th and 17th at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and continues in St. Louis  at Saint Louis University School of Law the 18th and 19th.

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