For Immediate Release
Sept. 29, 2023
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Police Chief Stacey Graves announced Friday the award of a new two-year $500,000 federal grant focused on reducing and solving non-fatal shootings in Kansas City.
The city of Kansas City, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Kansas City Police Department collaborated earlier this year to write this grant and propose some new initiatives to address high rates of non-fatal shootings. The agencies submitted a grant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Only a handful of cities were awarded grants, which required that the city participated in a federal program known as the Public Safety Partnership.
“This is the same type of collaboration that once reduced our violence levels to historic lows,” said Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County prosecutor. “These funds will be a foundation for a new partnership to address the too-high violence in our community.”
KCPD Chief Stacey Graves said, “We are thankful for the award of this grant and very encouraged by the great example of partnership in this process. Kansas City is safer, and those that commit violent crime are more likely to be held accountable when we all work together.”
The grant proposed an “Assault-Team” or “A-Team” to improve non-fatal shooting investigations and clearance rates. Recently, non-fatal shootings have dipped slightly but each year more than 500 individuals are victims of shootings in Kansas City.
For more information, contact
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor