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Concerns Spark Changes on St. Louis Riverfront

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Current view of the St. Louis riverfront looking south from beneath the King Bridge downtown. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Current view of the St. Louis riverfront looking south from beneath the King Bridge downtown. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Visitors to the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis riverfront can expect to see an increased police presence this summer.

KMOV-TV reports that there have been increasing concerns about crime near the Arch, including a recent drug arrest on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard. Police put up gates to impede traffic after that arrest, and it worked so well that the gates are part of a new strategy. The gates are about a half-mile apart and are typically used on Friday and Saturday nights.

Police are also deploying additional officers on weekends along the riverfront. Lumiere Place Casino on the riverfront has pledged $500,000 toward hot-spot policing, and part of that money will help add officers to the riverfront.

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