Missouri Governor Greitens Unveils St. Louis "Safety Plan" As Violence Spikes
ST. LOUIS —
While violent crime in the City of St. Louis continues to climb during June and July, the State of Missouri and federal law enforcement are stepping in to give St. Louis city police officers some backup.
Governor Eric Greitens released "Missouri's St. Louis Safety Plan" on Monday with Mayor Lyda Krewson, law enforcement officials, and religious leaders in North St. Louis.
The plan calls for direct assistance on investigations involving violent offenders for the first time ever from the FBI and DEA. It also implements something that has already started, assistance on the Interstate from the Missouri Highway Patrol.
State troopers will help coordinate surveillance of suspects and any police chase scenarios that may arise.
The plan also states that the Missouri Department of Corrections will "remove 450 convicted criminals from the streets" in order to put them into newly created programs designed to prepare them for "safe and productive re-entry" into the community.
It also calls for improved relationships and outreach with children through the public schools and neighborhoods.
St. Louis city police officers will also get more training on "de-escalation tactics" to reduce violent confrontations.