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St. Louis County using grant for community policing in Castle Point neighborhood

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A $1 million community policing grant that was awarded to St. Louis County will be used in the Castle Point neighborhood.

The three-year grant will promote partnerships between the community and police by: Increasing foot and bike patrols with an emphasis on community policing, new street lights and crosswalks, renovation of Community Pride Park and the beautification of abandoned properties.

“Through this grant our officers will build strong relationships in Castle Point while using innovative strategies to reduce crime,” St. Louis County Executive Stenger said. “Residents in Castle Point will know these officers on a first name basis. Their interaction will go beyond traditional law enforcement and will include recreational activities and other efforts aimed at building relationships and improving the quality of life for everyone.”

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program awarded the Byrne Grant based on a mixture of crime prevention strategies being implemented in an innovative way.

“We are really taking an innovative approach to our policing with this grant,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “First and foremost we’ll have an increased presence in the community and I’m not just talking about patrols. We will be at neighborhood cleanups, basketball games, and the movie nights. We aim to build relationships through positive interaction. And the investment we are making in street lights, crosswalks, and the neighborhood park will improve the quality of life while promoting safety in Castle Point.”

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