One of residents’ most urgent priorities, the reduction of violent gun crime, will be getting an important boost today. Police Chief Joe Mokwa is going to announce that St. Louis has received a federal grant of more than a half million dollars to create an arsenal of anti-crime “best practices” and to improve the Department’s technical ability to identify and track gunshots.
Specifically, the Chief will tell the Police Board at its meeting this morning that the Department has won federal funding to begin a novel effort that will (according to the Chief’s note to me):
Gain a thorough understanding of gun violence and related factors in St. Louis
Enhance the Metropolitan Police Department’s internal capacity to rapidly analyze crime data and share information
Improve police-community relationships and involve the community in crime reduction efforts
Enhance multi-jurisdictional and multi-discipline partnerships
Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy that will serve as a “best practice” for police departments around the country
The Police Department will be partnering in the best practices effort with the Police Executive Research Forum.