St. Louis chief seeks Highway Patrol help to fight crime
ST. LOUIS - Facing an increase in violent crime, including murders, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assist with policing work in the downtown area.
St. Louis police did not respond to interview requests, but patrol Capt. Tim Hull confirmed Wednesday that the city wants state officers to help with downtown patrols. He says the request is still under review.
Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, says the idea was among many under consideration to help reduce crime, but she indicated it is unlikely.
While violent crime declined last year in many American cities, it rose sharply in St. Louis. The city recorded 159 homicides, the highest total since 2008. At least 15 killings have occurred already this year.