The Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA) is a community collaboration among several organizations committed to reducing violent crime in the urban core. It is spearheaded by a Governing Board consisting of the following organizations: Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, City of Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Missouri Police Department (KCPD), Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), U.S. Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Working together, this group is implementing a proven strategy to significantly reduce violent crime. This strategy, known as focused deterrence, has worked in several other communities such as Boston and Cincinnati. A focused deterrence model incorporates three basic elements:

  • A moral voice from the community indicating that violence will no longer be tolerated;
  • A legitimate and intensive offer of social services to those who want to choose a different path from violent crime; and
  • For those who continue to commit violence, a certain and swift response from law enforcement on those individuals and their associates.

  • To view presentations regarding focused deterrence, evaluations, stats and more click here.
  • Major Rick Smith is the KC NoVA Project Manager. Please feel free to contact him with any questions or concerns at Richard.smith@kcpd.org.


KC NoVA Board Members

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte

Chief Forte is the first African-American Chief in the city’s history. His diverse assignment...

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JACO Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker

Jean’s focus as a prosecutor has been to make Jackson County a safer and better place to live,...

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James

Major James focuses his efforts to make Kansas City best in 4 areas: Education, Employment,...

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US Attorney Tammy Dickinson

Tammy is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Missouri. Her...

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KC NoVA Partners

City of Kansas City, Missouri

The City of Kansas City, Missouri has provided resources to assist client advocates, support...

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KC Police Department

KCPD took a small unit and developed an entire division, the Violent Crimes Enforcement Division, to...

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JACO Prosecutor’s Office

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s office has dedicated two KC NoVA prosecutor’s to assist in the...

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US Attorney’s Office

The US Attorney’s office works with the county prosecutor to file federal charges on those...

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Supporting Organizations and Community Partners

Kansas City Mothers in Charge

Mothers in Charge’s mission is to reduce crime through violence prevention, education and...

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Health Care Foundation of Greater KC

The Healthcare Foundation has provided funding for NoVA services, specifically those to assist...

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Kansas City Ad Hoc Group Against Crime

Ad Hoc officials have spoken at the call-in and have been very active in community efforts in the...

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Arts Tech - A Center for Youth Enterprise

Arts Tech is the fiscal agent for the BYRNE grant; a grant aimed at increasing collective efficacy...

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  • To view more supporting organizations and community partners click here.