Mo. Chamber, Gov. Parson reveal Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri plan

Gov. Parson unveiled the Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri plan on Tuesday.
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 11:48 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 10:40 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced a new public safety partnership on Tuesday, June 28.

The announcement revealing the Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri plan took place in St. Louis at 2:30 p.m.

Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandra Karsten, business leaders and those involved in second-chance employment programs joined the governor and chamber leaders at the event.

According to the Missouri Chamber, the new program brings the business community, state lawmakers and the governor’s office together to come up with new initiatives and policies to reduce crime.

The Missouri Chamber says a new poll they conducted shows 71 percent of Missouri business leaders surveyed believe crime is impacting the state’s economy.

The poll went on to show 79 percent feel the Missouri Chamber should help address crime in the state.

The chamber used other data from the poll to come up with recommendations for the Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri plan, which are as follows:

  • Deploy evidence-based and hot spot approaches to crime reduction
  • Increase and protect tools to support policing
  • Address substance misuse and mental health
  • Reduce recidivism among those on probation or parole
  • Improve training and employment opportunities for incarcerated individuals
  • Increase public safety staffing
  • Improve public perception of law enforcement
  • Increase prosecutorial consistency and transparency

To learn more about the recommendations and the data the Missouri Chamber gathered, click here.

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