City Pulls Back on Hot Spot Policing — Despite Crime Drop
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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.