ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s official. The St. Louis Police Department implemented their redistricting plan early Monday morning changing nine police districts into six.
The move is aimed at alleviating some of the burden officers in the busiest districts face, according to Police Chief Sam Dotson.
Dotson said the redistricting idea came when he began to look at individual service calls and overall amount of crime each officer was faced with each day. What he uncovered was a severe imbalance between some of the districts.
“The busiest district compared to the slowest district there was almost a 90,000 call disparity,” Dotson said.
Now, each district will have one Captain, eleven detectives and about 94 officers. He said a couple additional officers are on patrol in the district containing Forest Park, and the Downtown Partnership is subsidizing additional officers to work downtown.
Along with additional officers Dotson said nine cars will be out on the street 24 hours a day, and for at least 16 hours a day overlay officers will have the ability to go block-by-block performing hot spot policing.