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September 15, 2013

Attorney General Koster announces preview of Day 1 of Urban Crime Summit, Monday, Sept. 16, in Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster provided a preview of the opening day of a four-day Urban Crime Summit. The Summit will explore meaningful responses to the high rate of urban crime facing metropolitan areas in Missouri.

The Attorney General's Urban Crime Summit will be held September 16 and 17 in Kansas City at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and September 18 and 19 in St. Louis at Saint Louis University School of Law.

In addition to Koster, the panel each day will be composed of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Chief Sam Dotson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté. County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch will join the panel at the St. Louis meetings. All sessions are free and open to the public.

The Summit will begin at 9:00 am each day. On Monday, Day 1 of the Summit, Mayor James and Chief Forté will provide a brief overview of Kansas City's crime rate and the challenges facing the metropolitan area. 

At 9:45 am, Commissioner Raymond Kelly of the New York City Police Department will provide a summary of various policing practices that have resulted in a dramatic drop in violent crime in New York City over the past decades, to be followed by a panel discussion.  Commissioner Kelly will be available for media immediately following the panel discussion. 

At 11:25, following Commissioner Kelly's presentation and panel discussion, David Starbuck will focus on gang migration and its impact on violent crime in Kansas City.  Starbuck is the Assistant Chief of Police of the Grain Valley Police Department, and the President of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association. 

Panel members will be available for media interviews at 11:45 am.

The Summit resumes at 1:00 pm, with two presentations by criminologists from George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.  First, Cynthia Lum, Director of the Center, will explain the foundations of evidence-based policing.  Next, at 1:45 pm, Christopher Koper, Senior Fellow at the Center, will provide a presentation regarding hot-spot policing and offender-based strategies. 

The Summit ends at 3:00 pm.

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