(KMOV) – The Belleville Police Department is asking city council to approve plans aimed at lowering the area’s crime rate.
Belleville Police Chief William Clay believes crime rates have spiked because criminals are migrating from other area communities, in particular, East St. Louis.
Clay wants to lower curfews for children under the age of 15. If the children break curfew, the parents will face court hearings and fines.
He also wants a mandatory program informing landlords of problematic tenants so they can be removed.
Clay recognizes the accusations are bound to attract criticism, but he believes they are necessary to reduce the area’s crime rate.