Anti violence group adjust to coronavirus restrictions

Posted at 10:22 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 11:22:23-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group focused on reducing violent crime is changing how they operate because of coronavirus.

The goal for AdHoc Group Against Crime is to reduce crime by building a bridge between law enforcement and the community.

Members of the group typically go door-to-door in neighborhoods and talk to people face-to-face. Now, Covid-19 is changing how they interact with people.

"We're still making phone calls. We're still receiving phone calls. Our counseling is still taking place," said Damon Daniel, president of AdHoc Group Against Crime.

In Kansas City, there have already been 38 homicides in 2020 as of April 2.

According to KCPD, that's one more homicide than at the same time in 2019.

Kansas City is currently under a stay-at-home order. Public gatherings are limited to just 10 people and people are told to practice social distancing of at least six feet.

Daniel hopes people treat crime reduction as seriously as coronavirus.

"As we try to stay safe from this unknown invisible disease that we can also begin to really look at how do we reduce crime and violence as well," he explained.