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Federal, local law enforcement join forces to tackle St. Louis area violence

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Federal and local agencies are joining forces to fight violent crime across the St. Louis area. Federal and local agencies are joining forces to fight violent crime across the St. Louis area.
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A task force uniting federal and local agencies to combat violence in the St. Louis area was announced on Monday morning.

The task force Mission SAVE, which collaborates to focus on community engagement and to target specific criminals known for violent acts in the community.

“It is a health crisis in our community,” said Police Chief Sam Dotson. “The availability of guns in the hands of individuals to use them.”

Officials from St. Louis City and County police partnered with the DEA, FBI and prosecutors for Mission SAVE, which launched in December. Since the program launched, there have been 78 arrests, 16 of which were identified as some of the most violent offenders in St. Louis, officials said.

“We have a plan. We have a comprehensive plan. This is a piece of it,” said Chief Dotson. “Adding 160 new officers is a piece of our comprehensive plan. Partnering with the circuit attorney’s office in ways we haven’t before to have more cases issued and prosecuted.”

The task force plans to hold “call-ins” summoning notorious ring leaders to warn them that their network is being closely monitored.

“If anyone in your group commits that next violent act,” said Special Agent William P. Woods of the FBI. “Those of you on parole, your parole will be revoked. You will be going to federal prison.”

In addition to hot spot policing throughout the city, the Mission SAVE initiative will add hot person policing, to monitor the behavior of violent criminals and their social media accounts.

“The number of people that commit your very violent crime in any given area are actually very small,” said Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County Police. “Sometimes we lose sight of that because we feel like there’s a prevalence of violent crime.”

A joint office dedicated to Mission SAVE with more than 50 officers from the city and county and special agents opening in the next couple of weeks.

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