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New police chief, public safety director discuss plan to fight crime in front of Board of Aldermen

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St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and new police chief John Hayden discussed their plans to cut down on violent crime before the Board of Aldermen Wednesday.

In 2017, crime rose by two percent in St. Louis City, violent crime was up more than seven percent.

North City resident Dwonderlin Evans was encouraged by what she heard.

“The items they hit upon is exactly what’s needed in the 4th ward,” said Evans

Her neighborhood is in what has been dubbed “Hayden’s rectangle,” an area of violent crime that police are trying to focus on and provide additional resources to cut down on violence.

“A lot of that is connected to drug activity, so within that rectangle, we will focus on places that are notorious for open drug sales,” said Hayden.

Edwards discussed a new “multi-jurisdictional collaborative" where the city will work with area law enforcement to cut down on carjackings. He talked about getting officers out of their patrol cars and into the community and stressed the need for more cameras.

“I want ‘em on Dr. Martin Luther King, on Cabanne in University City. I want ‘em on St. Louis Avenue because I want to know where the crooks are coming from. I want to know when they leave their house and they come back,” said Edwards.

Alderman Jack Coatar said getting funding for the cameras and getting them installed could be a bureaucratic nightmare.

Edwards also discussed getting members of special units back out on the street to patrol, neighborhood cooperation and filling officer vacancies.

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