The Drug Abatement Response Team (DART) addresses significant and substantial neighborhood problems by focusing a multi-jurisdictional approach upon a "drug house" or other problem property that has been resistant to traditional methods of enforcement. The DART team, made up of of representatives from the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Fire Marshal's Office, Division of Family Services, Kansas City Police Department, utility companies, and the Neighborhood Preservation Division Neighborhood Preservation's DART inspector is James Johnston. He can be reached in his office at (816) 513-9084 or by cell phone at (816) 215-3492; his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most DART initial inspections result from warrants served by the Street Narcotics Unit on drug houses. After the warrant is served, DART is notified and then inspects the property. During this inspection, if violations exist that render the property unfit for human habitation, the property is posted and ordered vacated. All other violations are handled using the normal enforcement methods, but coordinated by the DART inspector.
DART-posted properties are also sent to the Police Department for monitoring; the Police Department can arrest individuals found in the structures if they do not have active work access permits, or if it is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. After a property is rehabilitated and is once again fit for human habitation, the inspector will grant a Certificate of Reoccupancy. If other violations still exist on the property, the case is referred to the area inspector for further enforcement.
DART is funded through the 1/4-cent COMBAT sales tax. For more information about the history and philosophy of DART, visit on the COMBAT website.