It was a crowded agenda for the five members of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners today. Here's a recap of some of the main agenda items:
B0th police chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay are downplaying a jump in the crime numbers in January.
The report released today shows total crime was up 23 percent last month compared to January 2012. There were 11 murders last January, and 15 this year.
Updated at 12:45 Thursday, Feb. 7 with arrest numbers.
The St. Louis Police Department is deploying 80 extra officers and resources to north city’s College Hill neighborhood.
The area, which borders O’Fallon Park to the west and Interstate 70 to the north, has been the site of a number of shootings recently, including three murders.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the department is used to this kind of “hot-spot policing,” and says the tactic has been used to great effect in other parts of the city.
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