City Pulls Back on Hot Spot Policing — Despite Crime Drop

Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Police are pulling back on their surge of 100 officers in hot spots during the night shift — despite a dramatic drop in crime.

Police Chief Dan Isom says the effort helped reduce murder and armed robberies 68 percent over a one-month period, but it was “unsustainable,” not just in terms of overtime costs.

“We did have a slight up tick in property crime during the daytime hours,” Isom said.

The Chief says response times were also up, and the graveyard shift was a burden on officers and their families.

“It’s not just as easy as let’s put a hundred people on six-to-two forever, because there’s other considerations,” Isom said.

Going forward, the department plans to keep 50 extra officers on hot spots at night and try to make it work.

Copyright KMOX


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