St. Louis seeks help from Kansas City on reducing homicides

2 years 4 weeks 1 day ago February 23, 2015 Feb 23, 2015 Monday, February 23 2015 Monday, February 23, 2015 10:38:02 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A group of St. Louis community members and law enforcement officials will visit Kansas City Monday seeking tips from a city where an anti-violence initiative has helped decrease the number of killings.

As St. Louis law enforcement officials grapple with a high homicide rate, The Kansas City Star reports the group will study the Kansas City No Violence Alliance.

There have been 22 homicides in St. Louis this year, which is already more than the city had this time last year. Kansas City has only had 10 homicides this year.

Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for Jennifer Joyce, the circuit attorney for the city of St. Louis, says that the group has also been traveling to other cities like Philadelphia and New York to study their violence reduction programs.

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