Parson calls on ATF, other agencies to help reduce crime in St. Louis

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The governor has unveiled his plan to help an overworked police department by sending reinforcements.

One of the resources: the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Strike Force.

The ATF's role: tracking the guns.

In St. Louis last week, I said we‘d be back in 10 days with action items we at the state can take to help fight violent crime in the area.Starting Oct 1, we will commit approximately 25 state personnel to support law enforcement operations.Full Plan:

— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) September 19, 2019

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force will also have two troopers assigned, and their job will be to locate and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives.

The Mission Save Task Force targets the most violent people and focuses on organized crime and gang activity.

Two state troopers are going to that task force, plus one cyber analyst.

In addition to the task forces, Parson will assign four to six state troopers to all the highways. Their job: target violent criminals, not minor traffic violations.

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