Public Safety is about accountability.
On day one, Antonio will instruct the Public Safety Commissioner to fire Sam Dotson and will use the full weight and bully pulpit of the Mayor's office to see that it is done. Dotson's policies have not worked, and anyone who believes we are on the path to a safe and viable city with him at the helm has their head stuck in the sand.
Next, Antonio will open up the search for the next Chief nationwide; this is something that has never been done in St. Louis. Its' time we have a new perspective and approach to policing and it will be about finding the best person for the job, not just the next person for the job. St. Louis needs someone who will hold his department accountable for the actions it takes.
Antonio has been fighting to change the factors that lead to violent crime in our neighborhood since he first became an elected official. In his first year as Alderman, he dropped homicides in his ward by 80% by targeting high crime streets with surveillance cameras, which act as deterrents and unafraid witnesses.
His comprehensive plan, published over a year ago, is the most detailed plan seen by the city. It views crime as a predictable outcome of the circumstances allowed to fester in neighborhoods for too long; when we change those circumstances, we change the outcome.
See his full public safety plan here.