Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With the police chief calling for more officers and the St. Louis Board of Aldermen looking for some way to fund them, UMSL criminologist Rick Rosenfeld has a suggestion — take the money from the fire department.

Rosenfeld says he thinks the extra money should from the public safety budget, but reallocated from fire services.

“We don’t have a fire public safety crisis in the city of St. Louis. We have a gun violence crisis,” he says.

Rosenfeld told the Aldermanic Public Safety Committee the city has too many firemen sitting around waiting for a fire, when police are overworked.

KMOX is awaiting a response from Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson.

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