St. Louis seeks help from Kansas City for reducing homicides

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – As St. Louis law enforcement officials grapple with a high homicide rate, they’re seeking tips from Kansas City, where an anti-violence initiative has helped decrease the number of killings.

The Kansas City Star reports that a group of St. Louis community members and law enforcement officials will visit Kansas City Monday to 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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Information from: The Kansas City Star