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State officers insist crime reduction isn't a partisan issue; there's enough credit to go around

October 11, 2000
By: Erin Guyer
State Capital Bureau

While Carnahan and Ashcroft each take credit for improving crime, state officers say it's a campaign issue that's just not political. Erin Guyer has more from Jefferson City.

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Dropping crime statistics across the state have taken center stage in the Carnahan / Ashcroft senate race. But officers in the trenches say efforts have been bipartisan. Gary Kempker, director of Public Safety says crime reduction has been a joint effort.

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Contents: Kempker says a variety of programs and cooperative efforts have led to the decrease in crime.

Kempker says Governor Carnahan has been a catalyst for crime reduction, but that state agencies share the credit. From the State Capitol, I'm Erin Guyer, KMOX news.

Date: October 11, 2000

By: Erin Guyer

State Capital Bureau

Crime may be a hot senate race issue. but officers in the state say Carnahan and Ashcroft are just blowing smoke. Erin Guyer has more from the State Capitol.

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Both Carnahan and Ashcroft take credit for crime reduction across the state...but officers say it's not a political issue. Gary Kempker, Director of Public Safety, says bipartisan efforts and cooperation between agencies has led to the crime decrease.

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Contents: Kempker says the downward trend isn't something either candidate can claim as their own accomplishment.

While the political focus on crime throughout the senate race has helped officers, many are convinced it's hot-air, rather than a hot issue. In Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer, KMOX News.