St. Louis’ crime issue is now the state’s issue, too. At least, that’s what Gov. Eric Greitens indicated Monday when he announced a plan to direct state money and personnel toward the city.
The Republican’s proposal has the support of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, but other elected Democrats are skeptical that it addresses the root causes of the violence. Greitens did not detail how much money the state would spend for these efforts.
The governor unveiled his multifaceted plan in a parking lot near St. Louis’ Baden neighborhood, which has seen a more than 13 percent increase in violent and property crime this year compared to 2016.
Part of the proposal involves the Missouri Highway Patrol assisting local law enforcement officials on the city’s interstates, especially when it comes to drug trafficking. Krewson said that was needed.
According to a news release from Greitens’ office, the Department of Public Safety is assigning “resources to the FBI and the DEA to ensure effective investigations and apprehensions of the region’s most violent offenders.” He also will send trauma counselors from the Missouri Department of Social Services in St. Louis Public Schools, and the Department of Mental Health will increase “crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers as a de-esclation tactic to reduce potential violent confrontations.”