ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - The St. Louis Police Department is receiving new funding to help fight crime.
The department is receiving $250,000 to help expand "hot spot" policing around the city, where police target neighborhoods where crime is on the rise. It uses neighborhood volunteers, works closely with police, and pressures the courts for stiffer penalties.
The program first started in Lafayette Square three years ago. It is also known as the Neighborhood Ownership Model or NOM. 12 St. Louis neighborhoods already use it. Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed told News 4 he has obtained private funding so the man behind the program, Michael Petetit, can work on it full time.
The City of St. Louis is also pitching in. The mayor's office is announcing it wants to transfer $300,000 from the Department of Corrections to help fight crime. $50,000 will be directed to the Circuit Prosecutor's Office and $250,000 will go to help pay for police overtime to support "hot spot" policing.