ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new initiative to lower crime in St. Louis begins Monday, through Gun Violence De-Escalation Centers being introduced by Better Family Life.

The four locations in north county, midtown, south city and north city, will be a placed where people who know of impending violence can report it to the civilians who work there.

Better Family Life’s James Clark says those centers will be manned by social workers or skilled clinicians.

He says the goal is not to find guilty parties, but to stop the crime before it happens.

“We just want to know the gist of the conflict,” Clark says. “So we can go to work to de-escalate it.

“We are targeting the third-party individuals because right now, there are thousands of people out there who know of conflicts which are going to result in gun violence.”

Better Family Life was the same group to unveil “Stop the Killing” yard signs.

The Gun Violence De-Escalation Centers are located at churches, and will be open every Tuesday.

Today’s meeting is at 3 p.m. at Ronald Jones Funeral Home at 2161 East Fair Avenue.

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