Parson calls on ATF, other agencies to help reduce crime in St. Louis

The governor is calling in reinforcements to relieve an overworked police force.

Maria Keena
September 19, 2019 - 7:37 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The governor has unveiled his plan to help an overworked police department by sending reinforcements.

One of the resources: the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Strike Force.

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The ATF's role: tracking the guns.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force will also have two troopers assigned, and their job will be to locate and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives.

The Mission Save Task Force targets the most violent people and focuses on organized crime and gang activity.

Two state troopers are going to that task force, plus one cyber analyst.

In addition to the task forces, Parson will assign four to six state troopers to all the highways. Their job: target violent criminals, not minor traffic violations.

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