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New Operation LeGend billboards in KCMO encourage action against crime

Posted at 1:51 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 14:57:35-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Those driving through Kansas City, Missouri, will now see new billboards encouraging action against violent crime as part of Operation LeGend.

The five digital billboards will read, “Help Stop Violent Crime in K.C.,” along with the phone number for the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline.

Det. Kevin Boehm with Crime Stoppers told 41 Action News this week that there has been a recent increase in tips through the hotline. So far this year, five tips generated from the hotline have helped police to solve homicides.

“Witnesses and those who have information about a crime should know their tips are completely anonymous through 474-TIPS,” U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said in a news release. “If we’re going to solve the problem of violent crime in Kansas City, we need the community’s support.”

The billboards will be displayed in five locations throughout the metro, including:

  • Interstate 29 and Barry Road
  • Interstate 670 and Interstate 35
  • Interstates 35 and 29 and Armour Road
  • Interstate 70 and Interstate 470
  • Interstate 35 and Interstate 435

Lamar Advertising in Kansas City provided the billboards.

“On behalf of all of the law enforcement partners participating in Operation LeGend, I want to express our gratitude to the FBI, Crime Stoppers and Lamar Advertising Company for their contributions to this public awareness campaign,” Garrison said.

Operation LeGend launched in Kansas City on July 8 after the murder of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was asleep in his bed when he was shot. The Jackson County prosecutor announced charges against the man accused of killing LeGend on Thursday afternoon.