St. Louis police districts change Monday

ST. LOUIS - A major reorganization is coming for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Early Monday morning, the number of police districts shrinks from nine to six.

Chief Sam Dotson says the 50-year-old districting plan was inefficient, with some districts getting tens of thousands more police calls than others. Dotson's believes improving the workload will reduce crime.

"The district captains, the people I hold responsible for crime, they said we need more officers, we need the ability to do that. This was really a crime reduction strategy to get the captains the resources they've been asking for," said Chief Dotson.

A spokesman for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association says it hopes the chief's plan will maximize resources and ease call loads.


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