ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some north St. Louis aldermen are complaining of inadequate police patrols in their wards.
Alderman Antonio French is unhappy with the recent redistricting, claiming the district his ward is in now has more geography, but not a proportionate increase in officers.
“There are available resources for what we’re trying to do, and so it becomes about priorities, and if the city has a set priority to put better protection in the North Side parks, in the North Side community, the resources are there to do that,” French says.
And Alderman Sam Moore claims police patrols are so outmanned by criminals they don’t stop to deal with large crowds of young men loitering on certain streets.
“They’re not afraid of the police because the police ride by in a uniformed car and don’t address them,” he says. “Anytime you can ride down a street and see 40 to 50 people standing in place doing a variety of things—drinking, public drunkenness, public urination, fussing and cussing—throughout my community, little pockets.
Police Chief Sam Dotson defends the new redistricting plan, which, combined with hot spot policing, he says gives the department more flexibility to deal with crime.
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