The program launched in 2014 in cities like Chicago and Detroit, then expanded to several other areas – now it’s in St. Louis. Law enforcement officials are in Washington D.C. to learn how to implement the program. Callahan tells KMOX he thinks St. Louis has excellent law enforcement, but believes crime is driven by lack of education and economic opportunity.
Callahan calls himself a meat and potatoes type of guy.
“Old fashioned police work, old fashioned prosecution, intelligent charging decisions and working with the community,” Callahan says. “I think it’s just a combination of things, trying to reach across to the community in this day and age when there’s a greater element of distrust at times.”
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