The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission is a non-profit organization that has been working to make the Greater Kansas City area a safer place to live, work and play since 1949. Through programs like Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline, Second Chance, and The Metropolitan Community Service Program (MCSP), the Crime Commission tackles its mission of crime prevention with a comprehensive approach.
In July 2015, these three programs joined together to assist ten neighborhoods (See Map) which experience a particularly high crime rate and border Prospect Avenue. The Adopt Prospect project is a 2 year, crime prevention Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) project approved by the City of Kansas City Missouri. In addition to Jackson County COMBAT, it is now also supported by the Missouri State Department of Economic Development. We are offering Crime Commission business donors 50% tax credits for contributions in support of the project.
Donations to the project will allow the Crime Commission to expand services.
- MCSP will focus on decreasing blighted conditions that contribute to an environment for crime in the project area.
- Second Chance will focus on reducing recidivism of parolees living in the project area.
- Crime Stoppers KC Most Wanted Newspaper will target fugitives for arrest who are residing or frequenting the project area.
Learn more about how each of our programs can help below.
Our NAP Programs
The Metropolitan Community Service Program (MCSP) was established in 1994 as a public safety program to support the judges, prosecutors and probation officers find legitimate work sites for individuals with court ordered community service hours. Now, 21 years later, MCSP is a win-win-win program. It’s a win for the 90 plus metro area court jurisdictions served; a win for the over 50 nonprofit, faith-based and government work sites who benefit from cost free labor valued at $1.5 million annually, and a win for the clients who get the chance to redeem themselves and contribute to their community.
Adopt Prospect is a special worksite established in 2007 under the City of Kansas City Missouri’s Adopt A Street program. Over 160,000 lbs. of litter/debris/discarded tires have been removed from along the corridor every Sunday since it started. Expanding Adopt Prospect to three days a week will result in even less litter on the streets of those ten neighborhoods.
Research shows that access to basic needs like employment and housing are a crucial factor in preventing ex-offenders from committing more crime and returning to prison. Neighborhoods can be made safer if parolees are not contributing to the crime problem.
The Second Chance Program partners with Missouri Probation & Parole to assist with risk reduction efforts, including a very successful employment assistance and housing program. Many of the clients MCSP serves are unemployed or underemployed, and can benefit from these services. Through a partnership with Jackson County COMBAT, unemployed and underemployed MCSP clients who are assigned to the Adopt Prospect worksite are also given access to Second Chance’s resources. Through the Adopt Prospect NAP project, our goal is to continue to assist MCSP clients that are referred from the courts needing employment and increase the number of Missouri Probation & Parole parolee referrals living in the project area who need reentry services.
Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers may be best known for the anonymous 816-474-TIPS Hotline, but the program’s crime fighting efforts also include Kansas City’s Most Wanted Newspaper. Published every 3 weeks, the paper features photos of the most wanted fugitives in the city. Readers of the paper pass on anonymous lead information to local law enforcement. The programs efforts have resulted in over 400 fugitives being apprehended. The KC Most Wanted Newspaper is currently available metro-wide at local convenience stores, but availability in the Prospect Avenue corridor is scarce. The Adopt Prospect NAP Project would create a focus on increasing distribution in the target area, thus increasing anonymous tips and arrests for fugitives in ten project area neighborhoods.