Hot-spot policing deemed successful, officer shifts returning to normal

Hot-spot policing deemed successful, officer shifts returning to normal

Hot-spot policing deemed successful, officer shifts returning to normal

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 9:13 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The numbers are in and St. Louis city is hailing its hot-spot policing initiative a success.

The report released Tuesday shows a drop in crime of more than 30 percent.

For more than a month, 100 officers were switched from a day shift to night shift to combat higher crime numbers at night. Additionally, more were assigned to high crime areas.

As a result, Mayor Francis Slay says they will continue to keep an eye on those hot spots, but the drastic shift changes for officers is ending for now.

“We’re going to do whatever it takes,” Mayor Slay said. “I think this is a great partnership”

The city will reduce the number of officers by 50, but will continue to make sure funding is available so the program will remain sustainable.

 

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