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As homicide rates rise, Cure Violence adds new site in Walnut Park

Cure Violence works by addressing violence as a public health issue

ST. LOUIS — As shooting deaths hit *staggering* numbers this year in St. Louis, "Cure Violence" continues to make progress.

The program meant to curb crime is adding two new sites in Dutchtown and Walnut Park.

"Our ward has been very active in regards to the crime. We've had eight murders in the last month," said alderwoman Pam Boyd, who represents the 27th ward, which includes Walnut Park.

The area is one of the newest locations to house a Cure Violence site.

"I think it will be a positive impact because you're going to have people that were part of the problem that's going to be on the street to start talking to the people," said Boyd.

The Urban League will operate the site with James Clark leading the effort.

"We are going to have an immediate impact, we've already begun meeting with individuals," said Clark.

RELATED: Urban League launches 'intensive' anti-crime effort in St. Louis neighborhood

Cure Violence works by addressing violence as a public health issue.
Organizers say one of its sites in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood already is making an impact.

"We cannot fight crime and violence from a distance, and the Cure Violence model says be in the neighborhood, have a sustained presence in the neighborhood and deliver resources to those that need help the most," said Clark.

On Thursday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson came to St. Louis to announce his plans to fight crime.

"We need officers on the street to fight violent crime," said Parson.

One part of his plan is getting rid of the residency requirement so more officers can join the department.

RELATED: St. Louis leaders throw support behind Gov. Parson's goal to remove residency requirement for city officers

"You can't police your way out of crime, so that's good that he wants to do that but we have to be in a reality mode," said Boyd.

Organizers said the site will be up and running by Aug. 1.

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