UMKC to host Urban Crime Summit

Photo // Attorney General Chris Koster

Mal Hartigan

UMKC will host a two days of a four-day Urban Crime Summit Sept. 16-17, sponsored by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, to discuss ideas to decrease Kansas City’s violent crime rate. The city’s crime rate ranks as one of the nation’s highest. The Summit, held 9 a.m – 3 p.m. both days  in the Atterbury Student Success Center’s Pierson Auditorium, includes presentations from Mayor Sly James, Police Chief Darryl Forté and national crime specialists, as well as scheduled discussion panels.

City officials hope to generate successful solutions to transform Kansas City into a safer area. According to the Kansas City Star, Forté supports hot-spot policing, which increases law enforcement coverage in high-crime areas, but alternative methods of policing will be discussed at the Summit.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, a proponent of the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, will speak on Sept. 16th.

Grain Valley’s Chief of Police David Starbuck will address gang migration and violence in Kansas City. Cynthia Lum of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University will discuss foundations of evidence-based policing among other topics.

On Sept. 17, Koster will introduce the second day of the Urban Crime Summit. UMKC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology Andrew Fox will speak and topics such as the cost of violent crime on public policy, inner city violence and using technology to better combat the city’s violent crime will be addressed.

The two day Summit is free and open to the public. The event will then travel to St. Louis on Sept. 18th and 19th.