Kansas City, Kansas

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Site LE Agency
Kansas City Police Department

Site Focus
Violent crime

SPI Strategy
Hot spot policing, Community engagement

Site Cohort
2018

Site Profile
Mid-sized urban area of 133.15 sq. miles with a population of 151,709

Project Overview

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is establishing micro-hot spot zones in various locations throughout the city.  The micro-hot spots are being established due to the significant increase in violent crime from 2013-2017.  The micro-hot spots will be established based on current crime data from the previous thirty days.  The locations that show the most violent crime during that time frame are designated as micro-hot spots.  This allows officers to address criminal activity and quality of life issues on a neighborhood basis.  Officers will prioritize traffic stops, pedestrian checks, along with business and residential checks, in order to increase visibility and positive community engagement within the micro-hot spots.  The violent crime data within the micro-hot spots will be reviewed every 30 days.  If a significant decrease is shown in a micro-hot spot, then that micro-hot spot will be considered stabilized.  A new micro-hot spot will then be established based upon the most recent violent crime data available.  Throughout the research period and at its conclusion, crime data will be routinely reviewed in order to determine if any significant decrease in violent crime was noted in the micro-hot spots based on the “Koper Curve” proactive theory.

Data Highlight

  • Between 2013 and 2017, violent crime increased 61 percent in Kansas City, KS.
  • The identified micro-hot spots will generally be no larger than a 10-block by 10-block area of town.
  • Officers will conduct intermittent proactive patrols of the micro-hot spots in accordance with the “Koper Curve” theory, which surmises that random and intermittent patrols of 10-16 minutes within the micro-hot spots at least every two hours is a significant crime deterrent.