State troopers to patrol St. Louis area highways

ST. LOUIS —  Police will soon be able to spend more time fighting violent crime on city streets. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that up to 30 Missouri Highway Patrol troopers will start patrolling parts of I-55 and I-70 in the city this month.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is announcing a plan aimed at reducing violence in St. Louis, calling the city ``the most dangerous in the United States.''

The plan announced Monday calls for the Missouri State Highway Patrol to help patrol interstate highways in the city, targeting violent felons and saturating areas of high crime. The proposal also calls for the state Department of Corrections to remove what the governor says is 450 criminals from the streets.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety will work with FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency as part of the project.

St. Louis ranks high nationally in the number of homicides and other violent crimes. Greitens has a home in St. Louis and his wife was robbed at gunpoint in December.