COMBAT is making an impact.
The programs funded through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax first approved in 1989 have helped reduce drug abuse and drug-related crime in Jackson County. When voters renewed the tax in 2009 — with 71 percent support — COMBAT's mission expanded to include reducing violence.
Violent crime in Kansas City, Missouri is on the decline this year.
October 9 at the historic Gem Theatre, Jackson County honored the people behind the programs dynamically changing the community when County Executive Mike Sanders and Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker presented the first-ever COMBAT Awards.
In announcing that Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté would be receiving the Albert Riederer Award For Public Service, Peters Baker noted that Kansas City, Missouri was on pace to conclude 2014 with its fewest number of homicides in a half century.