ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – On Monday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department deployed additional officers to begin hot-spot policing throughout St. Louis neighborhoods.
The extra officers are being deployed in downtown, Old North St. Louis, St. Louis Place and the Carr Square neighborhood.
“We’ve seen an increase in violence, we’ve seen an increase in property crime, this is where we wanted our focus to be to start off 2015,” Chief Sam Dotson said.
Dotson said that after long hours and cancelled vacations during the Ferguson unrest, St. Louis officers are ready to get back into the neighborhoods.
"This isn't going in and profiling," Dotson said. "This is going in and doing community oriented policing. What this is is going in and making contacts in the neighborhoods, identifying the people who are committing the crimes and then holding them accountable."
Dotson admits it has been a rough start to the new year; fourteen homicides in the city within the first 26 days. He says his team will be analyzing the crime data in target neighborhoods every couple of days, identifying where and when the crimes are happening and decide how to best attack them.
Marked patrol cars, uniformed officers and undercover officers will be deployed throughout the targeted areas.