The study concludes NoVA helped dramatically reduce violent crime in 2014 when there were 78 homicides, a 10-year low.
But the study also found the longer NoVA was in place, the less effective it became.
"I think we're a little early to say that NoVA is a success or a long-term failure, we don't know yet," said FOP President Brad Lemon.
The 41 Action News Investigators asked Forte if NoVA was working on March 10.
"Absolutely, crime is down with those people involved in the network by 10 percent since we started NoVA," he said.
While Forte says the specific repeat violent offenders NoVA has targeted aren't committing as many crimes, Kansas City homicides have skyrocketed from a 10-year low of 78 in 2014 to a 10-year high of 128 last year.
And the city is on pace to break last year's record this year.
James, who's on the NoVA Board of Directors, acknowledges the program has its limits.
"Drive-by shootings, domestic violence, those types of things that NoVA is not able to address," he said.
The NoVA study notes in April 2014, Forte permanently transferred 28 officers from the Patrol Bureau to the Violent Crimes Division and another 30 to investigate gun crimes.