ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A recent move to use hot spot policing has resulted in 71 arrests in seven days in the fifth ward of St. Louis.
Despite the success, city police say there is still more work to be done.
Officers are infiltrating the West End and Wells Goodfellow neighborhoods as the latest targets for hot spotting.
Wells Goodfellow had the most murders of any St. Louis neighborhood in 2014. The increase in violence and guns in the area will be the primary focus of the additional officers deployed in and around the neighborhood.
Officers were dispatched Monday morning to look for violent criminals in the West End and Wells Goodfellow neighborhoods.
"Just last night we saw an act of violence in that area," said Chief Sam Dotson. "There is work to do in that area."
Chief Dotson says 54 guns have already been stolen in the city in 2015.
Mayor Slay stood alongside the chief at roll call Monday morning and said he wants to re-iterate his support for hot spot policing and officers as they tackle drugs and violence in crime ridden neighborhoods.
"They're going to go into some neighborhoods and some situations where there are some very violent people," said Mayor Slay. "We have to understand that's what our cops do on a day-to-day basis."
Chief Dotson stressed to officers the importance of getting out of their cars and meeting the residents of the neighborhoods involved in hot spot policing.