AG Schmitt Initiates Community Outreach as Part of “Safer Streets” Initiative

Jan 23, 2019, 14:41 PM
Jan 23, 2019, 14:39 PM

St. Louis, Mo. – After yesterday’s announcement of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s “Safer Streets” Initiative, Schmitt kicked off the community outreach component of the initiative earlier today. In addition to designating prosecutors as “Special Assistant United States Attorneys” to help combat and prosecute violent crime in areas of St. Louis, continual community outreach is another important part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Today, Attorney General Schmitt visited Mount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis to meet citizens, listen to their concerns, and answer their questions.

“As Missouri’s chief legal officer, it’s my job and duty to keep Missouri families safe. There’s important work to be done in the courtroom, but engaging with affected community members is also crucial to the success of our new Safer Streets initiative,” said Schmitt. “To take the next step in combatting violent crime, my office and I will be conversing with residents, hearing their concerns, and answering their questions about fighting violent crime in their neighborhoods.”

Yesterday, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his “Safer Streets” Initiative, an unprecedented partnership between the Attorney General’s office and the U.S. Attorney’s office. The initiative seeks to cut down on these alarming rates by pairing the Attorney General’s office with the U.S. Attorney’s office and making three to five prosecutors “Special Assistant United States Attorneys” to help assist in fighting and prosecuting violent crime. These prosecutors will be funded by the Attorney General’s office, but will be supervised dually by the Attorney General’s office and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The Special Assistant United States Attorneys will handle all types of federal cases, specifically homicides, carjackings, and gun crimes. The effort will be focused on specific geographic locations within St. Louis, and the increased prosecutorial support will assist local law enforcement’s efforts within this area.

Another facet of the Safer Streets Initiative is continual community outreach from the Attorney General’s office. With his visit to residents in St. Louis earlier today, Attorney General Schmitt is keeping his promise to Missourians to hear their concerns and answer their questions about violent crime and the measures being taken to fight violent crime in their neighborhoods. Attorney General Schmitt and his team will continue this community outreach in the future.