ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Police Chief Sam Dotson announces a surge of officers in the Fountain Park and Lewis Place neighborhoods to reverse a rise in drug dealing, robberies and gun crimes.
“We want to support neighborhoods,” Dotson said, “This is a very active neighborhood, a very vibrant neighborhood. We want to keep it that way.”
Plans call for adding extra patrols for about a week between the hours of ten a.m. and two a.m.. Dotson held a morning roll call at Fountain Park, then knocked on doors to let neighbors know about the extra manpower that’s coming.
“It’s not just about enforcement, “Dotson said, “It’s about talking to the neighbors and asking what’s going on in the neighborhood. They’re the best source of information that we have.”
Not everyone may be eager to call police and get involved. Fountain Park resident Clarence Walker says he will call, but others may be wary of calling the police because of caller i.d..
“If you call from your house or cell phone,” Walker said, “the police knock on your door. That’s not a good thing because of retaliation.”
Another Fountain Park resident, Tashey Winters, was carrying her baby boy out the front door in a pumpkin seat, when she explained why she plans to move to someplace safer.
“A lot of shooting at night. I can hear it right by my window on a side street,” Winters said, “That’s why I’m moving out of town in a few months with my son to Davenport, Iowa.”