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St. Louis Police receiving federal money to hire more officers

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

It is called community-oriented policing.

"I don't know much about community policing, It's not a term I am terribly familiar with," said Rhonda Miska.

Miska moved to St. Louis in August. She says it is very apparent the city has a problem when it comes to police-community relationships.

"Particularly in communities of color. We've seen it here in the Central West End, pretty powerfully, after the Jason Stockley verdict. It seems there are major changes that need to happen," added Miska.

Ase Tutu spends a lot of time all over the city.

"I experience different things. It depends on what side I go to," said Tutu.

St. Louis' new Public Safety Director hears the women. He says he often sees what they see.

"Policing in our city is relatively good. I understand there are some problems in the police department," said Edwards.

The Department of Justice plans to give nearly $2 million to St. Louis to hire 15 officers whose sole purpose is to build relationships.

"I think there are always benefits when officers know the folk they are policing. I think it is imperative in order to create a trusting relationship between the police and community," added Edwards.

Edwards told News 4 the department will have to help the Department of Justice when it comes to federal immigration investigations. The DOJ program would be in place for three years.

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