Missouri – Kansas City will receive $5 million dollars in federal grant money to help combat the city’s violent crime problem. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said the funding will help support the DOJ’s “Operation Relentless Pursuit” initiative.

Senator Roy Blunt who is the co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus said this will help ensure police officers will have the resources they need to keep families safe.

“This grant funding will allow the Kansas City Police Department to strengthen task force operations targeting violent crimes like drug trafficking and gang activity,” Blunt said. “I’ll continue working with Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, and the administration to make sure local law enforcement agencies have the federal support they need.”

Kansas City Police worked their 65th homicide this week. Police said officers responded to a shots fired call in northeastern Kansas City. Police found a man who had been shot several times. The man later died at the hospital.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has started a study group called the Public Safety Study Group. The study group will examine such topics as local control of the police department, ideas for reducing homicides, and improving relations between police and the community.

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said the national Operation Relentless Pursuit program grants federal resources to help state and local partners fight to violent crime.

“Providing the resources to deploy additional police officers with a strategic focus will help Kansas City fight violent crime by investigating, arresting, and prosecuting drug traffickers and criminals with guns,” Garrison said.