St. Louis leaders announce plan to protect youth and neighborhoods this summer

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis officials announced plans to protect neighborhoods ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The city of St. Louis is working on it alongside concentrated patrols from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Expanding youth programming efforts across the city to employ young people in a safe and supportive environment during the summer months.

“Our summer violence prevention work is a multi-pronged, data-driven approach to deter crime and protect St. Louis residents,” said Senior Public Safety Advisor Heather Taylor. “We’re working every day to keep St. Louis residents and their families safe this summer by bringing together both law enforcement and community resources.”

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will strategically deploy patrols across the city and use data to determine peak hours and locations for enforcement. This summer violence prevention detail will mobilize resources including traffic enforcement, air support, specialized units, park rangers, deputy marshals and working with the sheriff’s office.

St. Louis is also seeking non-enforcement solutions to protect youth this summer as children drop out of school. The city’s free summer camps are also running at seven recreation centers and still accept registrations. The Gateway Region YMCA will also host youth pop-ups and other events funded through the Prop S Youth at Risk program.

In addition to violence prevention efforts, dozens of faith leaders have rallied in St. Louis to take action against gun violence. Following this mass shooting at a Texas school, the group wants local and national leaders to pass laws that prevent or reduce gun violence.

“We, as leaders of the faith, call for legislation to be passed that will help reduce gun violence in our city, state and nation,” said Rev. Andy Bryan, senior pastor of Manchester United Methodist Church. “The endless cycle of violence must be broken. We must deviate from the script if we are to actually mitigate the harm being done to the people of our communities. We know this will require a concerted effort by faith groups and communities, organizations and government agencies to even put a stop to the issue.”

Authorities said eight children were killed and 39 other children injured by gunfire throughout St. Louis. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reports that there were 81 gun homicides here Tuesday.

A list of locations is below. Find out more about these possibilities as well as other program options for the summer,on the city’s website.  

  • Nance Elementary School – 8959 Riverview Blvd, St Louis, MO 63147
    Contact Girls Inc. for registration: (314) 385-8088
  • Oak Hill Elementary School – 4300 MorganFord Rd, St Louis, MO 63116
    Contact Girls Inc. for registration: (314) 385-8088
  • Ashland Elementary School – 3921 N Newstead Ave, St Louis, MO 63115
    Contact Girls Inc. for registration: (314) 385-8088
  • Walbridge Elementary School – 5000 Davison Ave, St Louis, MO 63120
    Contact Girls Inc. for registration (314) 385-8088
  • Patrick Henry downtown – 1220 N 10th Street, St Louis, MO 63106
    Contact Girls Inc. for registration (314) 385-8088
  • Yeatman Middle School – 4265 Athlone Ave, St Louis, MO 63115
    To register, contact the Sophia Project: (314) 807-8333
  • Peabody Elementary School – 1224 S 14th St, St Louis, MO 63104

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Nate Jones

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