What is City Hall doing address violent crime? - KMOV.com

What is City Hall doing address violent crime?

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Scene of a shooting on St. Louis Avenue Thursday morning Scene of a shooting on St. Louis Avenue Thursday morning
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Both St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson believe more police officers and community involvement are key to stopping crime.

Both Slay's and Dotson's comments come on a night when 34 new police officers joined the force and also on a day when there was a double homicide and three other shootings.

“It's not just the police's responsibility. They have a responsibility to protect and serve, but it's also a community effort,” Slay said.

“Police can't do it by themselves, we need neighborhood partners. We need criminal justice partners,” said Dotson.

Slay has called for hiring 160 more officers over a two-year period.

Dotson also argued that hot spot policing and the new response team, which is deployed on weekends, are effective.

“You're not covering the Delmar Loop every Saturday or Sunday night so we've had success there. Community engage is going out and starting new relationships and partnerships,” Dotson said.

Dotson also said the court system must do more to keep violent offenders locked up.

“When judges give out probation for 2/3 of the sentences, that doesn't make our community safer,” said Dotson

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