EAST ST. LOUIS, Il. (KMOV) – The federal government is picking up the tab for cameras to keep watch over housing projects in East St. Louis.
In addition, federal agents are pitching in to help out the East St. Louis Police fight crime on the streets.
East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks estimated their manpower numbers are down by almost half and his face lights up at the mention of the Working Against Violent Elements (WAVE) program. The program brings federal agents and state officers in to help local officers.
The WAVE unit has made over 2,500 drugs, weapons and warrant arrests and seized 466 firearms in the last two years.
There are between 10 to 30 agents and troopers on the streets at any one time and it is not costing the city anything.