UMKC gets FBI award for role in NoVA crime prevention

noVa-logoUMKC has gotten an award from the FBI for its role in the NoVA (No Violence Alliance) project.

Each field office of the FBI gives its Director’s Community Leadership Award each year to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions toward crime and violence prevention.

UMKC is being honored for its role in partnering with area law enforcement in the NoVA project, designed to combat the crime problem in the greater Kansas City area.   UMKC took a key role in developing the project and also provides the research mechanism to identify offenders and resources to train law enforcement officers.

According to UMKC, the NoVA project used focused deterrence,  partnering with law enforcement, service providers, and community figures on a unified “no violence” message; explains that violence will bring law enforcement attention to entire groups; offers services and alternatives to group members; and articulates community norms against violence.

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton along with the other recipients from across the nation will be recognized by the FBI Director for their outstanding achievements in crime prevention in a Washington. D.C. ceremony.


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