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Legislation #: 051238 Introduction Date: 10/6/2005
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS XBARNES, BROOKS, SCHUMACHER, EDDY AND RILEY
Title: Establishing a Commission on Violent Crime to report to the Council its findings on the causes of homicides and violent crime in the City and its recommendations as to potential solutions to address these causes.

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DateMinutesDescription
10/6/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/6/2005 Immediate Adoption
10/6/2005 Councilmember Brooks Move to Amend
10/6/2005 Adopted as Amended

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RESOLUTION NO. 051238, AS AMENDED

 

Establishing a Commission on Violent Crime to report to the Council its findings on the causes of homicides and violent crime in the City and its recommendations as to potential solutions to address these causes.

 

WHEREAS, the City is experiencing an alarming increase in the number of homicides and in the number of violent weapons-related crimes as evidenced by the Citys recent 96th homicide of the year in comparison to a total of 91 homicides during 2004; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes that sole reliance on traditional policing methods may not sufficiently address the causes of homicides and weapons-related violent crimes or sufficiently protect its citizens from being victims of such crimes; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes that in such times as these, the City must reach out to those in the community whose knowledge, insight and creativity can assist the Council and others in the City in better understanding the causes of homicides and weapons-related violent crimes in our community and in identifying possible solutions to this grave problem facing our community; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That there is hereby established a commission to be known as the Kansas City Commission on Violent Crime consisting of twenty nine members appointed by the Mayor from the following representative groups:

 

a.       Six (6) persons, each representing one of the councilmanic districts, selected from nominees residing within the councilmanic district agreed to by both the district and the at-large councilpersons for that district,

b.      Five (5) persons representing the community at large,

c.       One (1) person recommended by the Partnership for Children,

d.      One (1) person recommended by the Kansas City Crime Commission,

e.       One (1) person recommended by the Black Health Care Coalition,

f.        One (1) person representing the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department,

g.       One (1) member of the Board of Police Commissioners of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department,

h.       One (1) person representing the Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutors Office,

i.         One (1) person representing the faith community,

j.        One (1) person representing the Civic Council of Kansas City, Missouri,

k.      One (1) person who teaches or conducts research at a university or college in the areas of sociology, criminal psychology or criminal justice,

l.         One (1) person representing the Citys Health Department,

m.     One (1) person representing one of the school districts situated in whole or in part within the City,

n.       One (1) person representing the Family Court of the Jackson County, Missouri Circuit Court, and

o.      (6) persons representing the areas of the City most impacted by violent crime nominated by the other members of the Commission after the Commissions first meeting.

 

The Mayor shall appoint the Chairperson of the Commission.

 

Section 2. That the Commission shall prepare a mission statement, shall establish the number of its members constituting a quorum, shall discuss and research the potential causes of homicides and violent weapons-related crimes in the City and of the increasing incidence of those crimes in the City, shall discuss, research and develop potential solutions that could prevent or reduce such violent crimes, shall solicit comments and input from interested citizens in public hearings or by other means, may form, and assign responsibilities to, subcommittees of the Committees membership and shall submit its report and recommendations to the Mayor and Council no later than January 12, 2006.

 

Section 3. That the City Manager, the City Attorney and the City Clerk shall cooperate with the Commission and provide staff reasonably necessary to support these efforts of the Commission.

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