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Attorney General's News Release

September 10, 2013

Attorney General Koster announces agenda for Urban Crime Summit -- Events in Kansas City and St. Louis September 16-19 to feature experts in law enforcement and criminology --

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced the final agenda for his four-day Urban Crime Summit, which will be held September 16 and 17 in Kansas City and September 18 and 19 in St. Louis.

The summit will focus on developing meaningful responses to the high rate of urban crime facing metropolitan areas in the state and feature criminologists from George Mason University, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, Berkeley Law School, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Urban Institute, and the National Network for Safe Communities.  In addition, regional law enforcement authorities will provide presentations, including St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker, and U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson for the Western District of Missouri.

The Summit will feature numerous speakers to examine various strategies that resulted in a dramatic decrease in New York City’s crime rate over the past decades. Commissioner Raymond Kelly of the New York City Police Department will open the Summit in Kansas City on Monday, September 16.  On Wednesday, September 17, William Bratton will speak in St. Louis.  Mr. Bratton is the only person to have previously served as both the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department and the Chief of Police of Los Angeles.  Franklin Zimring, author of "The City That Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control," will end the Summit on Thursday, September 19, in St. Louis.

In addition to Koster, the panel each day will be composed 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 will join the panel at the St. Louis meetings.  All sessions are free and open to the public.

The detailed agenda for the summit, including the times and locations, can be found on the Attorney General’s website.

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