South KC Perspective
By John Sharp
The South Patrol Division of the Kansas City Police Department is hosting another community crime meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, in the community room in the front building of the South Patrol Police Campus, 9701 Marion Park Dr.
Police and residents will discuss current crime patterns and quality of life concerns within South Patrol at the meeting.
South Patrol leaders have said they want to have an open conversation at the meeting about how they can better provide both information and services to members of the community.
They also have said they welcome all businesses, faith-based groups, residents and schools to participate in the meeting.
The boundaries of South Patrol stretch from 87th St. & Bannister Rd. on the north to the city limits on the south and from State Line Rd. on the west to the city limits on the east.
At press time, KCMO is again experiencing one of the deadliest years in its history, suffering 147 homicides through October 9, just two less than were suffered by the same date in 2020 when our city set a new all-time annual record for homicides with 179.
Firearms were used as the means of attack in an overwhelming number of these homicides according to the Police Department’s daily homicide analysis.
So far in South Patrol there have been 10 homicides for the year which are less than the numbers recorded in each of the last three years.