Police: Hot spot policing not pulling resources away from other neighborhoods


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on February 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 7:11 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- St. Louis city police continue to deploy resources to tackle hot spots of crime as they happen, but it has some wondering whether officers are leaving one neighborhood to go another.

Police assure residents that is not the case, and that the extra officers out on the streets are specialized units.

Currently, officers are focusing on neighborhoods like College Hill in north St. Louis and the Central West End.

Police say the plan is tackle crime there, then move these resources as needed.

One of the areas residents say it’s needed is in south St. Louis.

Many people in south city are upset about the prostitutes that continue to be a problem along areas of South Broadway.

Police say officers are out making arrests, and with a new law they hope to increase that number.

The law now allows officers to arrest prostitutes  if they’ve been convicted of a prostitution offense within the last year.

As they continue to work on addressing crime hot spots, police say they will not pull officers from one neighborhood to police another.