Hot Spot policing starts in neighborhood seeing spike in homicides

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis police department kicked-off Wednesday morning with more patrols, beat officers and traffic officers in order to quell a recent spike in crime in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood in north St. Louis.

It's all a part of their "hot spot" initiative to address crime in the area.

Officers will patrol in uniform, in plain clothes, and will be driving in marked and unmarked police vehicles.

So far police have made 12 arrest and recovered 4 handguns since Wednesday morning.

During the Tower Grove South "hot spot" initiative, April 16th through the 25th, officers made 42 arrests and recovered three guns.