ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — After a 40-year hiatus, the St. Louis County Crime Commission held its second meeting on Thursday. County Executive Same Page reactivated it following a rash of violent crime. While this commission is in its infancy phase, it is clear that County Police Chief Jon Belmar is on board with the idea. "The Police Department is viewed as the beginning of the end" according to Belmar. "It doesn't stop there. The Prosecuting Attorney's office is involved and of course our judges in the criminal justice system. This (commission) allows us to come together."
"We have to recognize (the solution) involves educational opportunities, job opportunities, (and) job training." He adds some of those are out of the purview of this commission and that bringing in agencies that have the capacity to deal with this wide range of issues will reap good benefits. At this point, Director of Policy for the County Executive and former Missouri State Rep. Cora Faith chimed in.