CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Missouri Governor attended a number of follow-up meetings on Thursday, September 19 on combating violent crime in St. Louis.
Governor Mike Parson met with the City of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, and other local, state and federal law enforcement partners.
Beginning October 1, 2019, Governor Parson’s plan will commit approximately 25 state personnel to support task forces and other operations.
Two state troopers will be assigned to the ATF Strike Force. The strike force works to protect communities and combat the growing number of violent crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and alcohol and tobacco products.
Two state troopers will be assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, which combines federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives and assist in high profile investigations.
Two state troopers and one cyber analyst will be assigned to the Mission SAVE Task Force targeting the most violent individuals while also working on long-term drug investigations around organized crime and gang activity.
Patrol surges will take place on interstates throughout St. Louis City, primarily on I-70 as well as I-55, I-44, and I-64, with four to six troopers assigned to each surge.
“Law enforcement has the greatest impact on taking violent criminals off the highways when we work collaboratively at all levels of government throughout the criminal justice system,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel Eric Olson said. “The Patrol is committed to this plan and working with our partners and citizens to help make the region safer.”
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to assist with federal-level gun and drug cases. Governor Parson’s plan will assign two additional investigators.
The state currently has approximately $2 million in VOCA funds available specifically for the St. Louis region. Funds will also potentially support additional victim advocates in the area.
Probation and Parole is currently working with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on a heightened supervision program for violent offenders.
“We are committed to doing everything we can at the state level, but we can’t do it alone. It is truly a team effort, and everyone has to do their job to keep Missourians safe,” Governor Parson said. “None of us, no matter where we’re from, want to see our children being shot in the streets. If we are to change violent criminal acts across our state, we must do our jobs, work together, and support our law enforcement officers to accomplish that goal.”