St. Louis begins new police district plan

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 5:33 PM

(KMOV) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Department on Monday transitioned from nine to six districts.

The city has been divided into nine districts for more than 50 years. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told News 4 he plans to re-evaluate the new districts every two weeks.

Dotson says the new boundaries were created based on crime statistics.

Related: St. Louis neighborhood split into 2 districts

Under the old district map, the eighth police district wasmuch smaller compared to districts two and six. Under the new plan, each area will be similar in size and contain the same number of officers and commanders when the redistricting happens.

The boundaries for nine districts were drawn in the early 1960s, when the city had 800,000 residents and more than 2,000 police officers. Today, St. Louis has about 320,000 residents and far fewer officers. Some districts are far more prone to crime.

Click here to view the entire redistricting plan.

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