Police chief sheds light on hotspot policing

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Citing the program's success in north city, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is now setting its sights on hotspot policing in the Tower Grove South, Gravois Park and Shaw neighborhoods.

It's a part of the city that has had a big uptick in car break-ins and burglaries. As part of the hot spot policing campaign, officers are putting extra emphasis on this part of the city.

Some residents say they're thrilled about the extra police presence.

"I'm thrilled that they're here. I haven't seen much of an added presence," Bethany Miller said. "That would be great if they could have results they say they've had results they say they've had in other parts of the city."

Police Chief Sam Dotson said this is just the beginning.

"This is the first phase, where we can weed out the bad element, and they come back in and seed with city services," he said. "It's a one-two punch. It's the kind of strategy that worked in College Hill. We're still seeing the benefits of that and that effort was in January."

Dotson said hotspot policing doesn't cost extra money – it doesn't require overtime, but rather it's a matter of assigning officers to focus on specific parts of the city.

He said police will focus on another part of the city in two weeks, but couldn't elaborate on which area.


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