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Police: Kansas City homicide rate down in 2014

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Kansas City is on track for its lowest annual homicide rate in more than 40 years.

The department reports that there have been 34 homicides in the first six months of the year. Police say killings are down 31 percent from last year and the city is on pace for its lowest annual homicide total since 1967.

Police Chief Darryl Forté says he is satisfied with the progress but the death count is still too high.

The drop follows sweeping reorganization within the department and new community efforts to deter violence.

Kansas City, KS, has the same number of homicides as it did at this point last year. There have been 16 reported.

Officials believe programs targeting at-risk youth such as an art therapy class help. The No-Violence Alliance uses police officers, social workers and prosecutors to help young residents avoid trouble and provide more support to their troubled lives.

"We are doing things differently and trying new things because I know doing what we typically did for the last decade gets us 100 homicides a year," said Capt. Joe McHale of the Kansas City Police Department.

Others believe the attitudes of youth are changing and there are more smiles in their lives.

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