Wells-Goodfellow is Latest Target of Hot Spot Policing

Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson sent nearly three dozen officers into the troubled Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood this morning.

It’s the latest area to see hot spot policing.

“We’re here, boots on the ground, in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood,” Dotson said. “They’ve seen homicides, they’ve seen aggravated assaults, they’ve seen retaliatory shootings. We’re here to address those.”

Photo: KMOX/Brian Kelly

Photo: KMOX/Brian Kelly

Dotson says that while there are gangs operating in that area, most of the eight recent murders and several shootings involve people who settle their differences with firearms.

“The majority of problems we see are individuals who have problems with one another, don’t have the ability to resolve those problems, and quickly resort to violence,” he said.

Alderman Jeffrey Boyd said there are concerns about what could be a very violent summer to come. He hopes this hot spot initiative nips those in the bud.

“When you get ahead of it, you can minimize it,” Boyd said. “You’ll never be able to stop it, but you can minimize the effects of what potentially could happen.”

Dotson says many of those involved have already been through a court system that he says is not doing enough to keep people safe.

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