St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is coming out against a proposal to combine city and county crime statistics for FBI reporting.
County Police Chief Tim Fitch and City Chief Sam Dotson sent that proposal to the FBI Monday. They argue that reporting St. Louis crime stats regionally would be more accurate since other cities include suburban and rural areas in their figures.
McCulloch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that combining the numbers is deceptive because the city isn't part of the county. And he said, it would be unfair to county residents. McCulloch said the move would cut the city's murder rate in half, while increasing the county's murder rate more than 8 fold.
The STL County crime stats only include unincorporated areas and the municipalities that contract with County PD for protection...about 40-percent of county residents.
The paper reports that the proposed change would have ranked St. Louis 8th instead of 2nd in violent crime among cities with populations between 500,000 and 999,999 in 2010.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A legislative panel studying a possible merger of St. Louis city and county governments is meeting in Clayton to hear public testimony on the idea.
The Joint Interim Committee on St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area Governance and Taxation has a more straightforward mandate than its wordy name: help Missouri lawmakers determine whether combining the two governments into one makes fiscal and political sense.
The city of St. Louis acts as its own county. Merger proponents say a union could save taxpayers money and reduce government duplication.
Wednesday's hearing at the St. Louis County Council chambers in Clayton was scheduled to last more than five hours and consist entirely of public testimony.