(KMOV) – Three years after the St. Louis County Police Department took over the struggling Jennings Police Department, the city of Jennings has seen a decrease in many crimes that once plagued the area.
Police say that violent crime in the city has dropped 38%, and the city had only seven homicides in 2013. Six of those homicide cases have been solved through arrests.
Property crimes have also decreased since 2013, and burglaries are at their lowest since nearly a decade ago.
A Jennings police lieutenant credits initiatives such as “hot spot policing” along with an increase in police presence within the community.
On Tuesday around 10:30 a.m., officers will team up with St. Louis County executive, Charlie Dooley, and the city’s Mayor to discuss ways that the departments can continue to see positive results. Officers will also go door-to-door in the community to get feedback from residents.