KC Nova awarded $1 million grant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. Justice Department has awarded KC Nova, the Kansas City No Violence Alliance a $1 million grant. The federal crime grant will help with “violence reduction” in Kansas City.

The money will be used on troubled neighborhoods like the Prospect Corridor, which includes 25th Street on the north, 39th street on the south between The Paseo and Benton Boulevards.

Mayor Sly James says the grant is a huge win for Kansas City.

KC Nova is an alliance between several partners like the police, Kansas City Metropolitan Commission and the University of Missouri Kansas City. KC Nova uses police intelligence to focus on social networks of people involved in violent crime.

One of the NY police commissioners recommendations for Kansas City was getting more involved in social networking sites. He says they have a unit dedicated to monitoring sites like Facebook.

New York’s strategies have helped reduce the homicide rate from 14/100,000 in 1990 to 4/100,000.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker will be discussing the KC Nova initiative as well as the announcement of the grant during the second day of the Urban Crime Summit.

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