ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Police are expected to release its year-end crime totals later today. Already, some Aldermen and Alderwomen are bracing for what could be a bad report.
City aldermen say the number one complaint from residents is crime:
Thomas Villa, Ward 11- “The homicide rate is just out of control for a city of our size.”
Antonio French, Ward 21- “While the homicide number is what gets a lot of attention, really a more accurate reflection of the violence in this city is the number of people who have gotten shot.”
Samuel Moore, Ward 4- “Until we get visibility and more patrols of police, crime is going to remain, and even go higher.”
Last session the aldermen passed a stadium funding plan, but could not come up with a funding plan to hire more police.
“In our neck of the area homicides are still an issue,” Alderman Shane Cohn says. “Aggravated assaults can be an issue you know, drug dealing and prostitution are certainly issues that need to be addressed that affect basic quality of life for everyone.”
Alderwoman Megan Green, who may be reprimand this year for alleging corruption of the NFL stadium funding plan, has her own idea of how to fix the crime problems of St. Louis.
“I do think that there is money out there,” Green says. “I think that we need to look at our public safety budget and how we can move things around. And I think we also need to be looking beyond just police officers.”
She says the heroin epidemic needs to be a larger focus, and not just hire more police officers.
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