As Kansas City positions itself as a hub for economic investment and top destination to raise a family, we’re spearheading a new initiative to make our city safer.
KC 360 is a comprehensive, community-based approach to reduce gun violence and violent crime, build stronger community relations, increase access to education and jobs and implement responsible justice reforms. Modeled after Omaha 360, KC 360 focuses on five pillars to address the root causes of violence: prevention, intervention, enforcement support, reentry and reforms, and support services.
KC 360 convenes leaders and stakeholders in the Kansas City community to facilitate and maintain a long-term reduction in violent crime and community and institutional change. It is led by KC Common Good and includes the Kansas City Police Department, city government officials, clergy members and local non-violence organizations.
In the last 15 years, Omaha, Nebraska, has seen a 74 percent reduction in summer gun assaults in North Omaha and the city’s homicide rate has fallen to its lowest in 30 years. Since 2010, the clearance rate for Omaha homicides rose from 32 percent to more than 80 percent, while officer-involved shootings decreased 90 percent.
In May 2022, KC Common Good hosted 35 people from 20 Kansas City organizations and traveled to Omaha for a three-day visit to learn about the violence reduction model. As a result, the KC 360 Planning Committee members has developed a comprehensive plan and tactical strategies to help neighborhoods with the highest rates of violence. In addition, KC 360 will convene stakeholders in the Kansas City community to facilitate and maintain a long-term reduction in violent crime and systematic change.
The community’s involvement is crucial to create this change, which is why members of KC 360 frequently interact with and solicit feedback from the community.