Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (Photo courtesy of his Twitter page)

(Kansas City) -- Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is proposing to add more police officers on the streets.

During his first State of the City address last month, Lucas says the city cannot stop caring about residents who deserve to grow old in the community.

“We owe it to the victims, to their families, to our own community, to the lives we may yet save of victims and assailants,” he says. “But we also importantly recognize that more boots on the ground alone will not solve our violent crime problems. We invest this year in more social worker positions, but we also invest in more probation officers.”

Last year, 148 people were murdered in Kansas City.

“Nothing matters if we lose another 148 of our sisters and brothers next year,” he says. “If we lose 500 Kansas Citians over the next year, 1,000 over eight years.”

He also announced plans to work with Councilwoman Melissa Robinson on her proposal to study violent crime.

Lucas has been to the Missouri Capitol several times to meet with the governor and call for increased witness protection in violent crimes.