EAST ST. LOUIS, IL. (KTVI) – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was in East St. Louis Tuesday to combat gun violence. The violent crime rate in East St. Louis and surrounding areas is three times greater than the City of St. Louis and five times more than Chicago.
Most of those crimes are committed with guns.
Durbin urged local law enforcement agencies in the metro east to start using free, available federal resources to track guns used in crimes.
Durbin: “I have been encouraging law enforcement agencies across Illinois to be involved in e-tracing. E-tracing is a no cost opportunity given by the state police and the federal government to trace the guns that are seized in the commission of a crime”.
A federal task force will report late this month on how well anti-crime operations are running in the East St. Louis, Brooklyn, Alorton and Washington Park police departments.