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Despite recent shootings, St. Louis police insist hot spot policing is working

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A man in his 20’s was shot in the leg while in the 700 block of North 15th Street before 3 a.m. A man in his 20’s was shot in the leg while in the 700 block of North 15th Street before 3 a.m.
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Even though there were 13 shootings during the Memorial Day weekend, St. Louis police insist hot spot policing is working.

Police recently began to implement hot spot policing in St. Louis' Fourth Ward the week before Memorial Day. Authorities said the area with extra officers has not seen any shootings since police arrived. 40 people were arrested, and six illegal guns were taken off the street.

“Out trouble is what we need to improve is sustaining hot spot policing at a level where the crime continues to decrease in the areas we do hot spot policing,” said St. Louis Police Major Ronnie Robinson.

Even though more officers have been dispatched to certain areas, there were 13 different shootings in the city over the weekend.

Authorities believe their strategy will lead to long term change, but they say they need more officers to bring that change about.

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