ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s office is not immediately denouncing the idea of cutting money from the fire budget to hire more police.
A spokesperson for the mayor says no idea should be off the table when crime reduction is the top priority.
In a report by KMOX earlier this week, UMSL criminologist Rick Rosenfeld suggested taking money from the fire department’s budget and using it to hire more police.
“We don’t have a fire public safety crisis in the city of St. Louis. We have a gun violence crisis,” Rosenfeld said.
He told the Aldermanic Public Safety Committee the city has too many firemen sitting around waiting for a fire, but police are overworked.
The firefighters union is strongly opposing the suggestion that there’s extra money that could be cut to hire more police.
KMOX still has not heard a response from St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson. He is deferring all comments to the mayor’s office.
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