Expect more Missouri Highway Patrol cars on St. Louis streets next month

They're here to help officers fight crime.

Digital Content Producer
September 23, 2019 - 1:16 pm

ST. LOUIS (KFTK) — The Missouri Highway Patrol is coming to town, to help police deal with crime.

Last time they came, they wrote approximately 4,000 tickets, which St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner refused to prosecute saying she didn't have enough money in her budget.
St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmy Edwards is well aware of what happened last time.

"We've had several conversations with the Circuit Attorney with respect to the Highway Patrol returning to the highways in the City of Saint Louis.  And of course, within her discretion she will evaluate cases; [then] make decisions with respect [to] which cases she will prosecute."
Edwards says, if Gardner refuses to take some cases through state court, the city will try to prosecute them through city court.
Gardner's office says last time the Highway Patrol worked here, her office did not have the money to prosecute traffic tickets, but did prosecute --and would in the future-- prosecute cases that catch people under felony arrest warrants, guns, and drugs or DUI's.
The Highway Patrol is expected to begin patrolling on October 1st. 

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson recently said the Circuit Attorney's office has a budget $2 million than it did last time MHP came in -- she implied that could help the problem but, as a separate elected office, Krewson doesn't have direct control over how that office's money is spent.

Since 2017, the Circuit Attorney's office says it's prosecuted roughly 50 felony cases brought in by Highway Patrol.

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