Violence Task Force to Meet on Tuesday

Public listening session to be held on Saturday, April 16

The Citizens Task Force on Violence appointed by Mayor Sly James last November will hold its next monthly meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at the Kansas City Health Department, Fourth District Councilwoman and Task Force Chair Jolie Justus said today.

The Task Force will meet in Biery Auditorium on the lower level of the Health Department at 2400 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Kansas City Police Major Rick Smith will give a presentation regarding the Kansas City No Violence Alliance.

The meeting is being held at the Health Department this month
so that persons attending will be better able to follow the presentation.
The Task Force also will conduct a listening session to accept public comment from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16, at the Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64134.

The public is welcome to attend all meetings.
Task force meetings focus on presentations from subject-matter experts on various topics related to violence. Listening sessions are held so that members of the public can offer input or share testimony of their experiences with violence.

The mission of the Task Force is to gather facts and data and recommend pragmatic policies and best practices about how Kansas City can prevent, address and respond to violence in all its forms, including but not limited to active shooter situations, violence-driven street crime, illegal use of weapons, domestic violence, child abuse and other violent situations. The Task Force plans to complete its work and issue recommendations by November 2016.

Contact: Michael Grimaldi: 816-513-6579 or cell: 816-945-2902