‘Citizen Saint’ keeping Florissant streets safe - KMOV.com

‘Citizen Saint’ keeping Florissant streets safe

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(KMOV.com) – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a math teacher! This 42-year-old former high school math teacher is on a mission to keep the community safe.

“Occasionally, I’ll get a ‘what in the world are you doing?’ kind of reaction,” Citizen Saint said. “The most important thing for me is getting people interested in their own neighborhood and in their own safety and partnering together.”

Saint’s goal is to watch over the community where he has lived for 21 years. And like Batman, he doesn’t carry a gun. Just a baton and mace.

“I’ve been kind of lucky that most of the places I go, if there is anything going on, it tends to change pretty quickly,” he said. “Maybe I’m distracting. Maybe I get people’s minds off of that.”

Citizen Saint said he did speak to the Florissant Police Department before he started the patrols so they would be on the same page.

Citizen Saint says he was inspired by a friend and mentor who is doing something similar in Portland, Ore. And he says the 99 percent of his interactions are positive.

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