ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - After four days of talking strategies to combat violent crimes, the Urban Crime Summit is over. The summit wrapped up Thursday afternoon.
In Thursday's session, national and local experts addressed evidence-based hot spot policing and the armed offender docket that would have dedicated two judges solely to gun possession crimes.
James Clark works on a grassroots level to address violent crime. He says a more hands-on approach is necessary to address violent crime in the state.
"We've got to begin to go door to door. We have identified neighborhoods. We have identified the root cause of crime, which is a breakdown in the family and then a breakdown in the neighborhood. And primarily because a lot of individuals don't have access to resources," said Clark.
He says getting those resources, like jobs, drug treatment, and anger management into high crime neighborhoods is a state and local responsibility.