Police officers, mayor and other city leaders door-knock to give crime prevention tips

Posted at 11:38 AM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 23:24:51-04

If you see police officers door-knocking in your neighborhood this summer, don’t be alarmed. They’re just trying to inform people about crime prevention tips and let them know the status of crime in their neighborhood.

“When people come to the station it’s usually for something bad that’s happened. This is an opportunity for us to go out to the neighborhood when something good is happening,” said Major Louie Perez, with Kansas City Police Department’s South Patrol.

They also want to talk with residents about block and neighborhood watch information.

Interim Kansas City Police Chief David Zimmerman, Mayor Sly James and other city leaders will be participating.

Several officers will be on hand to answer questions or just engage in conversation. There will also be displays for children and adults alike to learn from.

“The more neighborhoods we organize into a cohesive system where information is sharable and everybody is in line to get information and know what is going on, the better the neighborhood is going to be,” said Mayor Sly James. 

The effort will begin at Evangel Church (414 E. 103rd St., KCMO) at 6 p.m. and door-knocking will begin in the area of 102nd and Virginia at 7 p.m. The church and the South Kansas City Alliance are co-sponsoring the event.

This is the first of three upcoming community engagement programs and crime prevention events planned for Kansas City. Future events will visit areas such as North Kansas City and Midtown, but the dates for those have not yet been announced.