ST. LOUIS (KTRS) – An effort to target crime and improve life in over a dozen St. Louis neighborhoods seems to be off to a slow start.
In December 2015, Mayor Francis Slay released a detailed plan to target 12 north St. Louis and three south side neighborhoods. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that halfway through the two-year plan, some aldermen are concerned about what they view as only limited progress.
Carl Filler, director of strategic policy initiatives in the mayor’s office, says that like everything in government, the plan is moving a little slow. Still, Filler says several initiatives are underway, including more re-entry coordinators in city jails, more youth programs at community centers, police officers making home visits to at-risk youth, and more homicide officers assigned to the troubled areas of the city.
Alderman Cara Spencer of the 20th Ward to the “St. Louis Post Dispatch” that the crime plan “hasn’t materialized into anything meaningful at all” in her ward.
In both 2015 and 2016, St. Louis had 188 murders.