Kansas City's spike in homicides this year likely will continue for several more years, Police Chief Jim Corwin told the Kansas City Star. “This year is not a blip,” he said. “It appears to be the beginning of a trend.” He based his prediction on research that has shown that the population of young men, black young men in particular, is tied to crime numbers, particularly homicide. In Kansas City, the number of men age 18 to 24 has increased 11 percent from 1995, he said, with the greatest increase among black men. The number of men in that age category is expected to increase until about 2010.
The City Council is discussing crime today. The city's murder count stood at 99 yesterdayy, compared with 74 by the same date last year. The city had 91 homicides in all of 2004. “We're very aggressive about putting people in jail,” Corwin said. “But what happens when they get out of jail? We need to look at why this person became a failure of the community.” Corwin said incarceration and analyzing crime are short-term solutions. He said the police department was looking at intermediate-term solutions, such as working with federal agencies and sponsoring youth programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education and the Police Athletic League.