Mayor, city council spar over crime solutions in University City

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by Angie Weidinger / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo (KMOV.com) -- City leaders agree violent crime is on the rise in University City, but they can’t agree on what to do about it.

Monday University City Mayor Shelley Welsch’s suggestion for a new task force to address the issue of increased crimes was voted down.

The council said it doesn’t need a task force - it already has focus groups that meet monthly plus council members regularly talk with their constituents.  They said people in University City are tired of talking and want actions.

The council said it’s already approved four additional officers to help fight crime and a marketing agency that will better educate the public on how to stay safe.

But Welsch argued she’s wanted a crime taskforce since a teen was killed in a drive by shooting in June. She argued crimes continue to happen and maybe a taskforce could study other cities with similar problems and come up with a solution.

Ultimately, this issue became more of a battle of words between the mayor and city council members.

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