Police continue to investigate homicide near hot-spot patrol neighborhood

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 4:52 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Hot-spot policing has been proven effective, but does the strategy push crime into other areas?

St. Louis police continue to investigate a homicide just outside the College Hills neighborhood, where police launched a massive crime fighting effort.

Joseph Hawthorne, 34, was found shot and killed in the 2200 block of Adelaide around 6:40 p.m. Thursday.

Residents told News 4 it's too soon to tell whether hot-spot policing may contribute to higher crime in their neighborhood. Last month, about 80 officers conducted hot-spot patrols in the College Hill neighborhood.

James Clark with "Better Family Life" said he supports hot-spot policing, but said the tactic does not correct the underlying problems that lead to crime.

"Let's focus on the neighborthoods in which we see the high crime, where we see a high dropout rate amongst teens, where we see a high teenage pregnancy rate, where we see a high rate of single-parent households," Clark said. "Those indicators equal crime."

Police officials said hot-spot policing causes criminals to scatter to other locations, but said it's too soon to determine whether this effect was related to the homicide in College Hills.

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