January 23, 2023 Less than a minute read

Sign Our Petition: Action Needed to Address Crime in Missouri

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is asking members of the business community to co-sign a letter urging legislators to address crime in the state.

According to the Missouri Chamber’s annual CEO poll, two-thirds of employers said the rising crime rate in Missouri is impacting the state’s economic competitiveness. Most employers – 60 percent – said public safety and crime was a growing concern, while 24 percent of business leaders said it was currently their top concern.

The Missouri Chamber’s statewide public safety report, Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri, contains strategies and recommendations to reduce crime and improve the state’s economic competitiveness and the quality of life for Missourians. It was created with input from leaders in law enforcement, criminal justice, health and social services.

The business community supports legislation stemming from these recommendations, including:

  • Deploying evidence-based and hot-spot approaches to crime reduction
  • Increasing and protecting tools to support policing
  • Addressing substance misuse and mental health
  • Reducing recidivism
  • Improving training and employment opportunities for incarcerated individuals
  • Increasing public safety staffing
  • Increasing prosecutorial consistency and transparency

“While the response to crime has become highly political and divisive, we are focused on ideas that can be passed at a statewide level and with united support from both sides of the aisle,” said Dan Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber. “Public safety is a top priority for the Missouri Chamber because it impacts businesses everywhere, across nearly every Missouri community.”

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to co-sign the Missouri Chamber’s letter asking lawmakers to take urgent action to ensure Missouri is open – and safe – for business.

Missourians can join the effort by signing here.


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