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Mayor Krewson Brings Back Ideas, Insight from Mayors Conference

June 11, 2018 - 10:21 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - When St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson returns home from Boston today, she'll be bringing back some information she hopes will help fight crime in the city and region.

Krewson says during the Conference of Mayors annual meeting she talked with the new head of the C.O.P.S. program about applying for a grant from the Anti-Heroin Task Force Fund. She says that would help the city take a broader approach to fighting drugs and crime.

"There has to be more than just the law enforcement side of this. There also has to be prevention programs, and in our country of course we haven’t funded metal health and prevention programs as much as most mayors wish we would have,” she says.

Homelessness, crime and cybersecurity were among the primary topics of conversation in Boston, according to Krewson. She says one thing she'll be bringing with her is help from the Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness, to broaden the city's approach to fighting that problem.

"Also in engaging other members of our community with whether it be hospitals, universities, corporations, and engaging other areas other than then the city of St. Louis, for example St. Louis county and our municipalities,” she says.

Among discussions of cybersecurity was the Smart Cities initiative, which will expand access to the 33 percent of families who only have internet access through their phones.

“Cities across the county are trying to deploy technology in a fair and inclusive way, and we’re certainly working on that in St. Louis and it’s in the early stages,” she says.

Krewson says the mayors of other cities praised St. Louis for its work on vacant properties and its abundance of parks.