The St. Louis Police Department is partnering with the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a new crime-fighting initiative.
The partnership announced Wednesday is aimed at reducing crime in part by using criminologists from the university to help implement and evaluate crime reduction initiatives. In fact, an UMSL graduate student will work 20 hours per week at the police department.
Supporters of a ballot measure that would turn control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to City Hall have gotten the go-ahead to start work on getting the proposal in front of the voters.
The decision by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to approve the measure for circulation means local control advocates can start gathering more than 143,000 signatures, which must be collected from multiple districts in the state. They're due on May 6, 2012.
St. Louis has been labeled “the most dangerous city in America.” Whether or not that’s actually true depends on who you talk to. But, one thing is for sure: many city residents are fed-up with the high crime rate that has burdened many neighborhoods for decades. Some have stopped blaming the police, instead working with them to address the problem.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports on one man’s crime fighting model that has the city’s top law enforcers singing his praise.