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.
The St. Louis Police Department is planning free seminars for businesses and schools to receive training for an “active shooter” scenario.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the recent spate of high-profile tragedies across the country underscores the need for more training.
Shortly after taking over as chief Dotson met with the representatives from public and private schools to begin the process.
When the 2012 crime statistics were reported last week, there was good news in both St. Louis City and the portion of St. Louis County patrolled by St. Louis County Police.
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