Kansas City Police Department shifting method to prevent crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There were at least six shootings in the past two days in Kansas City. One of those including a 10-month-old child.  Now, the Chief of Police said they're trying something new.

Rosilyn Temple's son would have been 28 next week. She still doesn't know who killed him.

"I know the detectives are doing a lot, but when they have homicide on top of homicide they can't stay on my son's case," she said. "But it does frustrate me that my son's case is still not solved."

That's all too often the story and Temple suspects whoever did it will kill again.

"They know once they get caught, they're going away and the city is going to prosecute them to the fullest.

They're just going out with a blast as they call it. It's the same few people doing it," Temple said.

The Ad Hoc group Against Crime works with victims' families like Temple's. They know these criminals recommit.

"Absolutely. They're probably the ones still causing the problem in our city because if they get away with it once, they think I can do it again," Bryan Dial, Executive Director for the group said.

Now, Police Chief Darryl Forte announced in his blog a shift in preventing crime. It's called the Law Enforcement Resource Center or "LERC."

Analysts will track crime patterns from one location and pass the information along to officers on scene.

It's a tactic Dial thinks makes sense.

"If they're not at their desk as often researching, I think it will assist," Dial said.

It's very similar to another intelligence-based policing method used by law enforcement around the country. Independence police all it "CORE."

In August 41 Action News introduced you to this type of program.

"Here's where I think it's going to happen, here's the day it's going to happen, here's the time it's going to happen and we've got resources," Jennifer Dachenhausen said, a Crime Analyst for the Independence Police Department.

They say in the past five years, crime decreased between 20 and 30 percent in most categories.

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