Violence prevention discussed at public safety meeting Friday -

Violence prevention discussed at public safety meeting Friday

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS ( – The trend of violence throughout the St. Louis area was one of the topics discussed on Friday at the city’s public safety meeting.

There have been about 16 shooting in St. Louis during the past five days and two of the victims in the shootings have been toddlers.

"We have increased patrols in areas, both in uniform and in plain clothes with units like Special Ops and and Mobile Reserve," Police Chief Sam Dotson said. "They are in the neighborhoods where we think there is a propensity for violence, but there is no connectivity."

Chief Dotson attended the meeting to discuss what police and communities can do to prevent the violent acts seen throughout the city.

Previous meetings have focused on the potential for cross deputization, where city and county officers could work together and make arrests.  A closed circuit monitoring system to help solve crime has also been mentioned.

This is part of a bond issue that will be headed to voters in November. 

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