(KMOV.com) – Tuesday night, police are vowing to fight back againist problem properties in one north St. Louis neighborhood.
News 4 was there as 20 officers and other city departments worked to clean up the Vandeventer neighborhood on Evans.
The alderman of this ward says drugs, crime and abandoned homes brought the once-thriving street down to a population of just eight people.
St. Louis city Police Chief Sam Dotson says his department is good at solving crime, but now officers need to connect with the residents.
“We’ve done programs like this in the college hill neightborhood, we’re doing it in this neighborhood now. We’re going to continue to do it throughout the city,” he said. “We’ve targeted things like larcenies with vehicles for hot spot policing. This is how we do business now, to take resources to the people and try to make the neighborhoods a little better than we found them.”
Chief Dotson says the program goes in tandem with the department’s enforcement activity.
When they identify another crime ridden neighborhood, he says city departments will deploy their reousrces there.