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Missouri Crime Summits Begin in Kansas City

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A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Beginning this morning in Kansas City, some of the nation’s top crime-fighting minds will come together in an effort to develop new strategies to reduce crime in Missouri’s two largest cities.

Among those attending the Urban Crime Summit in KC today and tomorrow – and in St. Louis Wednesday and Thursday – is former New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton.

Bratton told KMOX’s Charlie Brennan last week that a key in fighting crime is earning the respect of the people you’re trying to protect.

“Policing based on legitimacy, seeking to build trust even while we’re trying to reduce crime,” he explained. “The way we’re reducing crime is trying to ensure there is procedural justice, that we’re effectively not using a sledgehammer to basically kill a fly.”

Local and federal prosecutors, gang investigators, crime lab technicians and criminologists will discuss hot-spot policing, crime mapping, and other strategies at the summits.

Bratton says every city is different so crime-fighting strategies must be tailored for each one. He compares it to the relationship between a doctor and patient.

“It’s great to have the patient feeling better but if he’s not trusting, in the case of policing, then you really, in some respects, are losing the battle,” Bratton said.

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