St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louis police are recruiting more volunteers to help fight crime in their neighborhoods.
People who live in the Bevo Mill, Boulevard Heights, Dutchtown, Carondelet, Mount Pleasant and Patch neighborhoods attended a First Police District town hall meeting Wednesday night.
Those neighborhoods are part of the "Neighborhood Ownership Model" program. Residents are trained by police and the circuit attorney's office to do everything from patrolling to attending court hearings.
There are more than 600 volunteers and police say crime is down 27 percent in the First District since the program started in June 2011.
"This plan has something for everybody. I don't care if you're bed ridden as long as you can pick up a pen and write a statement to the judge of how a crime impacts you or a certain criminal impacts you in your neighborhood," said Captain Dan Howard with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Captain Howard says his goal is to have about 1,000 volunteers.