Kansas City Police Law Enforcement School-Based Initiative

Purpose Statement

To prevent unlawful and harmful youth behavior, while promoting sound decision making and forging positive relationships with law enforcement.

Needs Addressed

The G.R.E.A.T. and D.A.R.E. Curricula address some of the crucial issues the youth of Jackson County are facing: violence, drug/alcohol use and peer pressure.

Many youth don't have the communication tools or skills to avoid violent behavior. The youth are taught refusal and avoidance techniques. Youth need skills to handle conflict and relieve stress in a healthy, non-violent way. The students are taught conflict resolution skills, how to recognize stress in themselves and others; and they practice healthy ways to deal with conflict and stress.

Youth in Kansas City may have favorable attitudes about alcohol or drugs until they are taught about the harmful effects they have on the body. Students are taught resistance to negative peer pressure.

The consistent interaction (each week for several weeks) with the program's police officer increases the students resiliency.


“Keepin' it REAL” (Science- and Evidence-based program established in 2013) 

Different lessons are facilitated by posters that give a brief introduction to safety topics; recognizing risk, emergencies and simple ways to respond. Introduce concepts such as understanding feelings, coping with anger and responding to hurtful behaviors.

This curricula is based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory, which identifies basic skills and processes needed for healthy youth development including self-awareness and management; responsible decision-making; understanding others; relationship and communication skills; and handling responsibilities and challenges. It teaches youth to control their impulses and think about risks and consequences, resulting in more responsible, safe and healthy choices. 

G.R.E.A.T. (Evidence-based program) - 4th Grade & 6th Grade

Offers a continuum of components for students and their families that focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. These components include a 13-lesson middle school curriculum and family training. At the end of curriculum the students give a presentation regarding the identification and implementation of a community project. The groups are made by their teacher and options are given usually in google classroom.

After each presentation the officer-instructor offers positive feedback and ideas to improve and expand on their ideas.

Program includes preparing to transition to the 5th Grade

S.T.E.P. (Independence Police Department-created program)

1) Police Contacts-Interactions

2) Conflict Resolution

3) Social Media – Cyber Bullying & Sexting

4) Drugs, Alcohol & Vaping.


Click on the window icon (upper right corner) of the map below to expand. List of all program locations is included with expanded view of map. Locations are also listed on this page below the map.

Katharine Coots • 816-413-3620

2023 COMBAT Funding:

2023 Service Projection:
6,400 Students

Other Areas Of Focus

Allen Village High School, 4251 Bridger Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Allen Village School, 706 W 42nd St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Academy for Integrated Arts, 7910 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64131

Banneker Elementary School, 7050 Askew Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132

Brookside Charter School, 1815 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64130

Central Middle School, 3611 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64128

Central High School, 3221 Indiana Ave, Kansas City, MO 64128

Compass Elementary School, 5401 E 103rd St, Kansas City, MO 64137

Dobbs Elementary School, 9400 Eastern Ave, Kansas City, MO 64138

Ervin Elementary School, 10530 Greenwood Rd, Kansas City, MO 64134

Faxon Elementary School, 1320 E 32 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64109

Fleetridge Elementary School, 13001 E 55 St, Kansas City, MO 64133

Foreign Language Academy, 3450 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School, 6700 Corporate Dr, Kansas City, MO 64120

Garfield Elementary School, 436 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124

George Washington Carver School, 4600 Elmwood Ave, Kansas City, MO 64130

Gladstone Elementary School, 335 N Elmwood Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123

Guadalupe Center's Elementary School, 5123 E Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64127

Hale Cook Elementary School, 7302 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64114

Hogan Preparatory Academy Elementary School, 2803 E 51st St, Kansas City, MO 64130

Holliday Montessori School, 7227 Jackson Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132

Holy Cross Catholic School, 121 N Quincy Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123

Ingels Elementary School, 11600 Food Ln, Kansas City, MO 64134

J.A. Rogers Elementary School, 6400 23rd St, Kansas City, MO 64129

James Elementary School, 5810 Scarritt Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123

Kansas City Girls Academy, 5506 Cambridge Ave, Kansas City, MO 64129

King Elementary, 4848 Woodland Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110

Millennium @ Santa Fe Elementary School, 8908 Old Santa Fe Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138

Northeast Middle School, 4904 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124

Northeast High School, 415 Van Brunt Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64124

Notre Dame de Sion, 3823 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64109

Raytown Middle School, 4900 Pittman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64133

Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School, 535 Garfield Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124

Smith-Hale Middle School, 9010A Old Santa Fe Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138

Trailwoods Elementary School, 6201 E 17th St, Kansas City, MO 64126

Troost Elementary School, 1215 E 59th St, Kansas City, MO 64110

Truman Elementary School, 9601 James A Reed Rd, Kansas City, MO 64134

University Academy, 6801 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131

Visitation School, 5134 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64112

Warford Elementary School, 11400 Cleveland Ave, Kansas City, MO 64137

Wendell Phillips Elementary School, 2400 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127

Westridge Elementary School, 8500 E 77th St, Kansas City, MO 64138

Wheatley Elementary School, 2415 Agnes Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127

Whittier Elementary School, 1012 Bales Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127