Level of violent crime spikes in City of St. Louis

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 5:58 PM

(KMOV.com) – The frustrations of many St. Louis Aldermen boiled over Thursday as they met with police officials to figure out how to reduce violent crime.

Overall crime in St. Louis is down 12 percent in 2014, but homicides have increased by 57 percent and aggravated assaults have increased by three percent.

St. Louis Chief of Police Sam Dotson laid out his strategy to fight violent crime at a public committee safety meeting Thursday afternoon.

"We got our hands full and we know it. we're working hard to solve it," Major Ronnie Robinson with St. Louis Police said.

Many alderman were frustrated that they did not get to ask questions directly to Chief Dotson and said they were concerned that strategy being used to fight crime is not working.

"So one of the criticisms we have is making sure that the 6th district gets the resources it needs to deal with violent crimes," 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French said.

Chief Sam Dotson told News 4 he believes hot spot policing, a strategy where more officers are put in high crime areas, has been effective.

To view current crime trends in St. Louis, click here

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