ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The city’s new Public Safety director, Jimmie Edwards, thinks the city has to change how it polices to start combating the problem.

“When I say ‘we’, police officers are going to have to do more self-initiated policing, we’re going to have to do more hot-spot policing, but more importantly we’re going to have to do more low level policing,” he says.

Edwards, a guest on the Mark Reardon show, explained that means paying attention expired temp tags and speeding among other traffic offenses. Edwards thinks most crime, particularly carjackings, occurs in stolen vehicles.

Edwards told Reardon he expects police officers to do their jobs if they have reasonable suspicion that a crime is in progress or afoot, and not be afraid of potential blowback.

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