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Kansas City, KS Police Department looks at strategy after crime increased in 2017

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After an uptick in violent crime in Kansas City, KS, police chief Terry Zeigler said the department is examining where those increases happened and possible changes they'll make. 

While there was an increase in 2017, Zeigler said overall crime has been on a decrease when compared to a decade ago. 

One of the most alarming increases came in the area of drive-by shootings. In 2016, KCK saw 286 drive-bys, with the number increasing to 340 in 2017. 

Along with drive-by shootings, robberies and aggravated batteries have also increased.

Zeigler said the focus has been on trend lines - and one area the department is looking to do is getting more engaged with the community, particularly with kids. 

"We would rather to see it flat or continue to go down and so the thing that is concerning is now we're seen an uptick across the board in property crime, in violent crime, in our overall crime," Zeigler said. "We want to do everything as a police department that we can in deploying our resources, looking at our data and seeing what it's telling us about crime."

Groups like the Village Initiative say the impact violence has on the community is pronounced. 

"Any time we lose anyone, that's somebody's somebody," said Selena Overton-Gant. "They're loved, so everybody is important and when we experience that collateral damage as a result of a homicide or so forth, we're all affected."

Overton-Gant said the department has done a good job. 

"We're all wanting the same thing," she said. "The police are wanting to be more visible on a positive note so that they can be a benefit to our community."

Zeigler said the department's clearance rate for solving homicides is around 80 percent. 

He credits in part the department's relationship with the community. 

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