Law Enforcement

This section highlights some of the most helpful resources about Law Enforcement issues in KCResearch on the topics listed below. Many of the resources also aim to answer some of the questions that you might have. This guide will help answer questions like:

  • Where can I find 2009 crime statistics for the Kansas City region?
  • What percentage of Missouri residents report regular marijuana use?
  • I live in Clay County. Are there domestic violence assistance programs in my area?

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Offenders in Missouri: a Study on Recidivism

This study by Eric Chambers and Mark Crispin on behalf of the Missouri State Highway Patrol features information about repeat domestic violence offenders in Missouri. The study is broken down into sectional analysis providing background on the state of domestic violence cases in Missouri and the states’ laws. Additionally, the authors address the effect of the way domestic violence cases are tried in court as an influence on the trend towards repeat offenses.

Domestic Violence Programs in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Area

This list, provided by the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV), offers detailed information, including contacts and services provided by various domestic violence programs around the Kansas City area on the Missouri side of the state line.

Domestic Violence Programs in Kansas

This directory list produced by Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) identifies statewide domestic violence assistance programs. Programs are listed alphabetically by location and correspond to a number on the map. Other information includes phone numbers, Websites, and program hours.

A Report on Domestic Violence and Rape Statistics in Kansas 2009

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) prepared this document that provides statistics and analysis of domestic violence and rape incidents in the state of Kansas, focusing on the year 2009. However, the report also features past data for incident trending and year-by-year comparison. Additionally, the report outlines the existing state laws and the enforcement policy regarding each type of crime.

Homicide and Murder

Kansas Injury Prevention Program Data Book

Produced by the Injury Prevention Program in 2009, this report includes state homicide statistics and information. Included data represents the years 2003 through 2007, and is graphically represented with multiple charts, graphs, and tables.

Kansas City, Missouri Police Department Homicide Quarterly

Each quarter the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD) releases a report on homicides in the area. This is the most recently released edition, and it provides detailed data and statistics concerning homicide in Kansas city. Information is broken down into homicide by day of the week, homicide by patrol area, and graphs comparing Kansas City crime to similar cities like St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Illegal Substances

The Burden of Substance Abuse on the State of Missouri

Prepared by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse from the Department of Mental Health, this 2008 report discusses the prevalence of drug abuse in Missouri and the consequent societal costs estimated at $7 billion for prevention, law enforcement and state-sponsored rehabilitation programs.

Profile of Drug Indicators



Kansas City

These profiles created by the Office of National Drug Control Policy contain information on demographics, political figures, programs, crime, drug use, drug trafficking and enforcement. The Missouri profile was published in May of 2008; the Kansas profile was published in June of 2008.

Metro Brief: Kansas City – Substance Abuse in Metropolitan Areas

The data in this report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is based on people checking into rehabilitation facilities. It features charts that outline statistics based on gender, substance type, and race accompanied by a bullet point analysis of each data set.

Police Departments

Kansas City, Missouri Police Department 2009 Annual Report

This report produced by the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) provides a review of Department activities for the calendar year of 2009. The report additionally includes information concerning patrol divisions and facilities as well as financial summaries and crime statistics for the entire 319 square mile patrol area.

Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission 2009 Annual Report

The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission is a multi-city collective of law enforcement programs and this is their annual report from 2009. The annual report consists of a series of articles concerning the activities of the Crime Commission during the year, highlighting some of their important programs like Crime Stoppers, SAFE, and Second Chance. Also included is a financial report detailing the organization’s fiscal activity.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation 2010 Crime Index

This statistical table provided by the Kansas Bureau of Information (KBI) compiles data submitted by local law enforcement to the KBI about crimes reported in Kansas. The table details the local population, the number of violent crimes, property crimes, motor vehicle theft, and arson in addition to a sum of all crimes. The counties of Kansas are listed in alphabetical order and local police departments are listed within each county. Kansas City counties featured on the report include Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Miami.

Crime in Missouri 2009

This document was assembled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to provide a detailed report about crime in Missouri in the year 2009. The report starts broadly with statistics and graphs regarding the general crime index in Missouri in the past years as well as 2009. Some graphs also make projects into what future crime indices may be. The scope of each type of crime is defined prior to the statistical report and data analysis.

Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling or Racist Policing? Bounds Tests in Aggregate Data

This 2004 paper, co-authored by Rubén Hernández-Murillo and John Knowles, examines methods of applying a well-known test, the comparison of average search success rates by race, to summary statistics by race where different kinds of search are aggregated together. According to the paper’s abstract: “This paper develops a model of police search decisions that allows for non-discretionary searches and derives tests for racial bias in data that mixes different search types. Our tests reject unbiased policing as an explanation of the disparate impact of motor-vehicle searches on minorities in Missouri.”

Racial Profiling Study and Services: A Multijurisdictional Assessment of Traffic Enforcement and Data Collection in Kansas

This 2003 study was commissioned by the state of Kansas and conducted by the Police Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C. whose primary function is researching innovation and improvement in policing. The study examines the nature, character, and demographics of police enforcement practices, including systematic data collection on traffic stops.