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Candidates for mayor focus on police at final forum

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Candidates for Mayor of St. Louis faced off in a final forum at Better Family Life on Friday. Credit: KMOV Candidates for Mayor of St. Louis faced off in a final forum at Better Family Life on Friday. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The large field of candidates for St. Louis mayor squared off one last time before Tuesday's primary and focused on the city's police department.

"We don't see police officers often in the neighborhoods on this side of town," Democrat Jeffrey Boyd told the audience at the Better Family Life Center in North St. Louis.

Most of the nine candidates represented at the forum offered their own plans for changing St. Louis' police force.

"I've called for a new police chief, and for the first time, do a national search for a police chief," says Democrat Antonio French.

Democrat Lyda Krewson called on officers to be better trained and more diverse.

Democrat Tishaura Jones talked about being smart on crime.

"Stop criminalizing people for being poor, homeless, for being black," said Jones.

A spokesman for Democrat Lewis Reed talked about focusing more on the city's troubled neighborhoods.

The large field of Democrats will come down to one on primary day, and likely the winner will be the next mayor in the April election.

Republicans will choose a nominee between Andrew Jones and James Osher.

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