Crime Summit this week in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The problem of crime and how to combat it will take center stage for the next two days in Downtown St. Louis.  An Urban Crime Summit put on by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster kicks off later this morning.

The summit takes place Wednesday and Thursday at the SLU Law Schooland the sessions follow two days of the same kind of summit in Kansas City on Monday and Tuesday.

Attorney General Koster says the summit's goal is to explore meaningful solutions to the problem of urban crime plaguing cities in Missouri including St. Louis and Kansas City.  Koster points out that both St. Louis and Kansas City consistently rank in the top 10 nationally for high levels of violent crime.

Topics on the agenda for Wednesday include gang violence in St. Louis and how youth employment programs and mental health initiatives can be used to fight crime.  Among those speaking Wednesday will be St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.  William Bratton will speak Wednesday afternoon.   Bratton is the only person to have been the New York police commissioner and the Los Angeles police chief.  He will talk about the methods used to help reduce crime in those two cities.

The summit goes from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and wraps up Thursday at 2 p.m.