What is Mayor Slay doing about the rise in violent crime? - KMOV.com

What is Mayor Slay doing about the rise in violent crime?

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said he has a comprehensive plan to combat violent crime in St. Louis.

The city is on pace for 180 homicides by the end of 2015, which would be the highest number in 30 years. Slay said he believes city officials are not doing enough to solve the problem, but also said he has confidence in St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

“I have a very high level of confidence in Chief Dotson,” Slay said.

Both Slay and Dotson want to add 160 police officers to the city’s force, but the plan has gone nowhere in the Board of Aldermen.

“It can get done, the Board of Aldermen can do it if they decide to do it. We are certainly pushing for it and doing everything we can to get it done, but it’s not going to happen this year,” Slay said.

Slay said adding more officers will part of a broader effort. He said he plans to continue summer job programs for youth, implement education programs and partner with organization like Better Family Life that are trying to steer people away from using violence.

“They want to kick it up to another level. They want $500,000 to target some pocketed areas where there are high levels of crime and violence in the city of St. Louis,” Slay said.

Slay also said he is favor of creating a special gun court and raising the minimum wage, which he believes will decrease crime.

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