Police chief’s initiative results in illegal guns being taken off the streets

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of illegal guns are now off the streets thanks to a new Kansas City Police Command Unit targeting active, violent criminals.  The department said it's making the streets safer one day at a time

The Area Command is a new initiative under Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte. This effort began in January. They are the enforcement arm of the Kansas City ‘No Violence Alliance’ and last night a search of a home on 41st and Monroe turned up five illegal guns, bringing their year-to-date total to 200 illegal guns taken off the street in 2013.

Chief Forte said today in his blog illegal weapons are used in a significant amount of the city's violent crime and now there are 200 that can't be.

The 18 officers, three detectives, 3 sergeants and one captain work long nights, canvassing crime ridden neighborhoods and surveilling hardened criminals involved in criminal and violent crime.

The result so far is 58 federal cases and 84 state cases that could prove to take repeat offenders off the street and hopefully make the metro safer for everyone.

One of the Area Command Unit's sergeants, Bryan Jones, said the unit doubled its initial goal.

“It says that there are a lot of KC police officers out here who will work their butts off to reduce the violent crime rate and that's a really neat part of it, Sgt. Jones said. “Another thing it says to me is: A.  there’s a lot of guns.  B. There’s a lot of illegal guns.”

The program started in the East Patrol and was so successful in its first few months that it's expanded to two other urban police divisions.  The illegal guns will eventually be tested to see if any were used in any unsolved murders and crimes.

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