Krewson briefs St. Louis aldermen on what’s being done to deal with violent crime

Police Chief John Hayden and Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards also were on hand for the session, which the mayor said lasted about 90 minutes.

“We wanted to make sure everybody had the same knowledge base,” Krewson said after the meeting, which was not made public in advance.

Among other things, the mayor said, Hayden said he had deployed additional officers to investigate homicides and had “ramped up” the police department’s use of overtime.

Krewson said she reiterated Saturday’s announcement of the $25,000 rewards offered for information related to recent child deaths and her request that the Cure Violence initiative be launched quickly.

She also said she would try to find funding “to quickly add” more security cameras and license plate readers around the city.

And she said she had sought state assistance in a call Monday to Gov. Mike Parson, such as deploying the Missouri Highway Patrol in the city. She said her push to repeal the city residency rule, in part to make it easier to fill police vacancies, also was mentioned.

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