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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2010
New Neighborhood Prosecution Team hosts open house
In celebration of National Crime Prevention Month, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Prosecutor’s Office will hold an open house Friday, Oct. 22 from 3-6 p.m. at the Vineyard Neighborhood Association Office located at 4301 E. 43rd St., which is the Neighborhood Prosecution Team’s new satellite office. The open house will be followed by the Vineyard Neighborhood Association’s Annual Halloween party.
The open house offers the opportunity for the community to meet and converse with the newly-created Neighborhood Prosecution Team and a Neighborhood Preservation Code Enforcement Officer for the area.
“The City Prosecutor’s office is currently focusing its community prosecution in the East Zone to try to reduce quality of life violations in that area,” said Lindsey Arbuthnot, legal investigator for the team. “The new office was created so the Neighborhood Prosecution Team could be more accessible to the community, allowing residents to easily stop in and voice neighborhood crime or code concerns.”
During the open house, the team will provide information about neighborhood prosecution, and community members will have a chance to fill out a survey about crime concerns in their neighborhood. The survey will be used to tailor the program to suit its residents’ needs.
"Putting prosecutors out in the community is another way the City of Kansas City is trying to refocus its efforts on neighborhoods," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "I encourage everyone to come out Oct. 22, learn about this program and meet some these new crime-fighters who are working to improve quality of life in our neighborhoods."
Neighborhood Prosecution is a proactive approach to prosecuting quality of life crimes that affect a particular community. “Quality of life” crimes are lower level, non-violent neighborhood crimes such as: graffiti, trespassing, prostitution, low-level drug dealing, illegal dumping, abandoned autos and nuisance properties. They are heard in the Kansas City Municipal Court.
The Neighborhood Prosecution Team is concentrating resources to an identified geographic area. The pilot project is launching for neighborhoods in the KCPD East Patrol division (approximately Cliff Drive to Blue Parkway and Wabash to I-435).
For more information or media inquiries, please contact Lindsey Arbuthnot, legal investigator, at 816-513-3806.