Mayor​ ​Lyda​ ​Krewson​ ​ & ​Public​ ​Safety​ ​Director​ ​Jimmie​ ​Edwards​ ​Community​ ​Engagement​ ​to​ ​Help​ ​Combat​ ​Gun​ ​Violence

20 Dec

Mayor​ ​Lyda​ ​Krewson​ ​ & ​Public​ ​Safety​ ​Director​ ​Jimmie​ ​Edwards​ ​Community​ ​Engagement​ ​to​ ​Help​ ​Combat​ ​Gun​ ​Violence

Private​ ​Groups​ ​funding​ ​Gun​ ​Buyback​ ​Saturday​ ​at​ ​Omega​ ​Center​ ​from​ ​9a.m.​ ​-​ ​3p.m. 
Violent​ ​crime​ ​in​ ​St.​ ​Louis​ ​is​ ​at​ ​crisis​ ​levels.​ ​Everyone​ ​must​ ​play​ ​a​ ​part​ ​in​ ​helping​ ​to​ ​reduce​ ​gun violence​ ​in​ ​the​ ​City.  
 
“Our​ ​city​ ​is​ ​at​ ​its​ ​best​ ​when​ ​we​ ​work​ ​together​ ​to​ ​tackle​ ​our​ ​toughest​ ​challenges,”​ ​Mayor​ ​Lyda Krewson​ ​said.​ ​“The​ ​Police​ ​Department​ ​is​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​arresting​ ​the​ ​most​ ​violent​ ​offenders,​ ​but we​ ​can’t​ ​arrest​ ​our​ ​way​ ​to​ ​our​ ​safer​ ​city.​ ​We​ ​can’t​ ​solve​ ​crimes​ ​without​ ​the​ ​public’s​ ​help.” 
 
“I​ ​urge​ ​anyone​ ​who​ ​has​ ​any​ ​information​ ​about​ ​a​ ​crime​ ​to​ ​come​ ​forward,”​ ​Krewson​ ​added.  
 Citizens​ ​can​ ​also​ ​call​ ​​CrimeStoppers​ ​at​ ​1-866-371-8477​​ ​to​ ​share​ ​any​ ​information​ ​about​ ​a crime​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been​ ​or​ ​will​ ​be​ ​committed.​ ​All​ ​tips​ ​will​ ​remain​ ​anonymous​ ​and​ ​the​ ​names​ ​of callers​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​shared. 
 If​ ​you​ ​know​ ​where​ ​a​ ​gun​ ​is​ ​and​ ​worry​ ​about​ ​it​ ​being​ ​used,​ ​turn​ ​it​ ​in​ ​at​ ​any​ ​police​ ​station​ ​or​ ​call (314)​ ​231-1212​ ​and​ ​the​ ​police​ ​will​ ​pick​ ​it​ ​up.​ ​No​ ​questions​ ​asked. 
Gun​ ​Buyback Private​ ​entities​ ​will​ ​host​ ​a​ ​gun​ ​buyback​ ​event​ ​held​ ​from​ ​​9​ ​a.m.​ ​to​ ​3​ ​p.m.​ ​​ ​Saturday,​ ​December 23​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Omega​ ​Center,​ ​3900​ ​Goodfellow​ ​Boulevard. Cash​ ​payments​​ ​will​ ​be​ ​given​ ​for​ ​all​ ​operative​ ​guns.​ ​Cash​ ​rewards​ ​include: ● $200​ ​for​ ​assault​ ​rifles​ ​(AR​ ​-​ ​style​ ​and​ ​AK​ ​-​ ​style)​ ​AND​ ​guns​ ​with​ ​a​ ​magazines​ ​capacity of​ ​more​ ​than​ ​10​ ​rounds ● $150​ ​for​ ​shotguns​ ​or​ ​rifles ● $100​ ​for​ ​handguns 
Guns​ ​from​ ​across​ ​the​ ​St.​ ​Louis​ ​region​ ​will​ ​be​ ​accepted.​ ​All​ ​guns​ ​must​ ​be​ ​unloaded​ ​before​ ​they are​ ​turned​ ​in.​ ​
 
The​ ​gun​ ​buyback​ ​is​ ​completely​ ​anonymous;​ ​no​ ​questions​ ​will​ ​be​ ​asked. Jobs City​ ​leaders​ ​recognize​ ​that​ ​a​ ​driving​ ​factor​ ​of​ ​violent​ ​crime​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​access​ ​to​ ​well-paying jobs.​ ​The​ ​St.​ ​Louis​ ​Agency​ ​on​ ​Training​ ​and​ ​Employment​ ​(SLATE)​ ​is​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​anyone interested​ ​with​ ​either​ ​a​ ​job​ ​or​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to​ ​find​ ​gainful​ ​employment​ ​or​ ​both.​ ​Call​ ​(314) 589-8000​ ​for​ ​more​ ​information.  Employers​ ​are​ ​hiring​ ​every​ ​Wednesday​ ​from​ ​7​ ​a.m​ ​to​ ​7​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​SLATE​ ​during​ ​Workforce Wednesdays.​ ​SLATE’s​ ​services​ ​are​ ​free​ ​and​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public. SLATE​ ​is​ ​located​ ​on​ ​the​ ​third​ ​floor​ ​of​ ​1520​ ​Market​ ​Street​ ​in​ ​downtown​ ​St.​ ​Louis.

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