The first step is taking full responsibility for the issue. Addressing the issues of public safety is my number one priority. Too many families in St. Louis have suffered—and continue to suffer—from gun violence in St. Louis. We cannot go on like this. We need to take immediate action. We have to get the shooters and car jackers off of our streets. We must to take aggressive and effective steps to prevent gun violence before it occurs, and solve previously committed crimes. Enough is enough. The buck will stop at my desk. I will take personal responsibility for ending the violent crime in our City. I will protect St. Louis families at all costs.
As Mayor, I will do that. I will not give up on a single child in our city. City government must increase the options for positive growth available to our youth. This will in turn help raise the expectations our youth have of themselves. We must provide an environment that will give our youth the resources and reinforcement they need to make the right decisions throughout the course of events in their childhood that will eventually define the stages, transitions, and turning points that they will encounter. Most of the crime we see amongst our youth is based on limited options and limited expectations. We must change that.
As Mayor, I will make St. Louis a safer community for you and your families. With my plan to reduce crime in our City, I am confident that we will see significant reductions in youth homicide, shots fired calls for service and gun assault incidents. This is a holistic approach to public safety. You cannot arrest your way out of the public safety issue in our City, we must invest our way out of it. We must invest our time, our energy, our ideas to continuously work toward better and better solutions.
Let’s make a change, now. My plan to reduce crime in our City will not happen overnight. It is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication from numerous members of our community. In the meantime, there are a few items we can address on Day One to make a greater impact in our neighborhoods.
- We will direct the city agency to improve our street lighting, replace lights that need repair and add additional lighting in areas that are lacking.
- We can begin to invest now in more police training and work to create a universal policing strategy in our City.
- Daily meetings with the police department to identify who is responsible for the shootings in our city and create an plan to stop gun violence
- Work to create smaller police districts so officers aren't having to drive all across the City to respond to calls
- Immediately require the federal government to assist in providing more resources for a Witness Protection Program.
- We will work with our Forestry Department to trim trees in areas that block lighting or make it unsafe for our youth and neighbors to be on our streets.
- Within the first 90 days of my administration, we will go through every neighborhood and remove all illegally dumped trash and tree limbs, we will cut every city owned lot, and remove any trash from all public areas. I am dedicated to being a great partner in each neighborhood’s success.
- We will invest more in our youth programs to provide more jobs and wrap around services in our schools. Our students and their families need to be sure they have a warm breakfast and lunch, access to healthcare and any educational programs.
Through the dedicated collaboration between neighbors, local, state and federal partners, we will make evidence-based decisions that use proven tactics and strategies, continually monitor our progress and adjust our plan to reach our goal. With this crime plan, we will get more guns off of our streets, and we will see a real, measurable change in our City.
Government-Wide Approach to Public Safety
- Identify every department and statistical category that plays a function in the Public Safety Ecosystem both outside and inside city government. Various City departments have an impact on key indicators of crime, such as neighborhood lighting, jobs, vacant buildings, the environment, family services, housing, etc. In addition, identify the entities outside of city government that we can work with to make a coordinated impact.
-Develop a function and data model that shows the relationship that each department and statistical category plays in relation to 1) Public Safety on a Whole, and 2) to each other. With this knowledge, we can build an efficient and effective game plan.
-Incorporate the data, synergies and interplay between departments and statistical categories into the day to day decisions and operations of city government with a continuous focus on creating the greatest positive impact on public safety. We will use the data, relationships, and funding that we have in the most effective and efficient way.
-Continuously reshape our methods and funding as data and results dictate.
Long Term Community Strategy
We need a long-term community strategy that is focused on prevention that promotes youth development and safer streets. Part of my strategy brings together – and assigns specific roles to – criminal justice agencies, the police department, DEA, employment groups, youth programs, social service agencies, community and faith leaders, outreach programs and more.
I am confident that this comprehensive approach will combine deterrence with workforce training, employment and other services. But in order for success, we need to work together and get everybody rallied around our goal.
Change starts with you. We cannot do this alone. Crime affects everyone in our City. We need your input. In order to best understand the needs of our neighborhoods, we need to hear from you. Who do you want to see work together to make a change? What are the issues of your neighborhood? Your voice needs to be heard. If we are going to make drastic changes in our neighborhoods, we need everyone involved.
Collaboration. Based upon your suggestions, we will gather together government agencies, the attorney general, the police department, DEA, city services, clergy, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, business leaders and more to lead a collaborative effort amongst our city.
Set a clear and definable goal. We will set a goal to cut violent crime by 50% in two years. As a collaborative group, we will collect and analyze basic data on gun violence, including the location of violent incidents, demographic information on those involved in the violence and patterns of the violence. The group will then use this data and information from the citizens of St. Louis to develop a plan to achieve our goal.
- Plan and intervene. Once the collaborative group has set a plan, we will communicate directly with those most likely to commit crimes in our City and those that have already committed crimes. Our message to these individuals will be that the gun violence must stop immediately or criminal justice agencies will intervene quickly against those responsible.Our group will also offer support services and employment to those willing to move off the path of violence. We will also work with local law enforcement to ensure that a proper relationship is built within neighborhoods.