CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County's prosecuting attorney says a plan that would combine St. Louis city and county crime statistics would create a credibility problem.
The police chiefs of the city and county have lobbied the Missouri State Highway Patrol and business leaders to support combining the region's crime statistics. The patrol compiles the state's crime statistics for the FBI.
St. Louis often ranks high in crime ratings, and some officials in the region believe it's unfair because city and county crime stats are separate, unlike some other large cities. The county has a relatively low crime rate.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the official proposal to merge the statistics was sent to the FBI on Monday.
County prosecutor Bob McCulloch calls the idea "deceptive."