CHANGE THE CULTURE OF PROSECUTION IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY >>
- Prioritizing harsh sentencing and high conviction rates has been proven ineffective at reducing crime. Wesley will fundamentally change the culture of the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office to a data-driven, restorative model of justice, that seeks alternatives to incarceration when proven more effective at ensuring the safety of St. Louis County.
REQUIRE INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF POLICE MISCONDUCT >>
- As the son of a retired police officer, Wesley knows the vast majority of police are professionals who respect the rights of the public. However, abuses of authority still occur. In instances of police misconduct, Wesley will assign an independent special prosecutor.
CONTINUE THE SUCCESS OF COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVES >>
- Wesley was instrumental in the creation of the North County Police Cooperative, which is grounded in a break-through community partnership. The Co-Op’s officers participate in mentoring youth and coaching sports, as well as providing full public safety and police services to multiple municipalities in north St. Louis County. Wesley will promote aspects of this model for other areas of the county. Wesley’s office will hold town hall meetings with community members and police to gather information from citizens about what public safety issues are most important where they live. Community liaisons from Wesley’s office will support this effort so that residents feel confident that their concerns are addressed.
IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY SERVICE COUNCIL & FIELD PROSECUTORS
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the prosecuting attorney’s office, Wesley will develop a Community Service Council, made up of community partners. Wesley will assign field prosecutors to geographic areas, to ensure the office is in sync with public safety needs and progress is visible to the public.