Police focus on south St. Louis neighborhood with uptick in shootings

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 5:45 PM

(KMOV) – More officers were deployed to a south St. Louis neighborhood on Wednesday as part of the city’s latest hot-spot policing initiative.

Uniformed and plain-clothes officers along with marked and unmarked police cars will soon be a fixture in the Tower Grove Neighborhood in response to a recent uptick in drive-by shootings. Police said additional officers will be pulled from mobile reserves and special operations.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and some of his command staff met at Gravois Plaza at 10 a.m. for the first roll.

Dotson says the latest hot-spot initiative was located near where an 11-year-old boy was gunned down while sitting inside his home in March.

He says the initiative can be expected to last at least 30 days. In May, police will focus on the Goodfellow-Wells area in south St. Louis. 

The police chief tells News 4 hot-spot policing will now be a normal part of business, especially with the recent redistricting of precincts

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