KCK police call on community to help fight crime

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City, Kan., police officers are working to bridge the gap between police and witnesses of violent crimes.

Tuesday night, a public forum was held at the Willa Gill Service Center to promote public safety and crime prevention in the area.

Sgt. Emmett Lockridge said a majority of crimes are solved through tips by community members who are willing to come forward.

"We wanted to reach out specifically to the demographic in the community that is typically the victim -- typically the witness of violent crime in the community. It's a joint effort," Lockridge said. "It's going to take us all. It's going to take the community, the police department, the unified government -- we all have to take part in this."

Police hope to hold future forums to help strengthen relationships in the community.

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