KCPD: Crime in Kansas City's east side decreases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City police said Wednesday crime is down in one of their hotspots.

During the public safety committee meeting, the new head of the east patrol, Major Rick Smith, said violent crime in his area is down 10 percent compared to last year.

Since the year started, there have been four acts of homicide, resulting in the deaths of five people. Police have suspects in all cases except one.

Major Smith said there's more work to be done to lower the homicide rate.

"It hasn't been the discussion that it could have been. And I think to keep up that discussion, make sure everyone's aware and make sure that it's not to be tolerated or taken lightly in the city and we need to keep up that pressure every time we get," he said.

Police attribute the decline in violent crime to initiatives like the Aim4Peace program and Kansas City’s No Violence Alliance.

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