Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster organized a four-day Urban Crime Summit to explore meaningful responses to the high rate of urban crime facing metropolitan areas in Missouri. Both St. Louis and Kansas City often rank in the top 10 nationally for high levels of violent crime. All sessions were free and open to the public.
Violent crime affects every aspect of our communities. Beyond the threat to personal safety, violent crime impacts Missouri families and schools, and our state's economic development. This Summit brought to Missouri many of the nation's preeminent scholars and most important voices in the law enforcement community. The goal of the summit was to examine the best practices developed throughout the nation to address urban crime and to develop a series of recommendations for meaningful policy reforms.
Commissioner Raymond Kelly of the New York City Police Department opened the Summit on September 16.
In addition to Attorney General Koster, the panel each day was comprised of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Chief Sam Dotson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté. County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch joined the panel at the St. Louis meetings.
The summit featured national and regional experts on issues such as hot-spot policing, crime mapping, evidence-based policing, strategies to reduce gun violence, and the challenges facing felons reentering society.
For more detail, see the AG's press release of September 2, 2013, announcing the summit: Attorney General's Urban Crime Summit Press Release.