City police return to Fountain Park, Lewis neighborhoods

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Hot spot policing was in action Thursday in north St. Louis as St. Louis police joined forces with other city departments to help two different neighborhoods.

Chief Sam Dotson held roll call at Kingshighway and Delmar, then officers fanned out into the Fountain Park and Lewis Place neighborhoods.

This was the second phase of the hot spot policing effort in these areas.

Earlier this month, extra officers converged on the neighborhoods, making 23 arrests and recovering three guns in seven days.

Thursday, police returned with city workers doing things like boarding up vacant buildings.

Dotson says it’s all part of the hot spot policing concept, “Coming in behind, weeding out the bad element, weeding out the criminals and trying to leave the neighborhood a little bit better than we found it.”

Maryann Graham, who lives in the neighborhood, told us, “It’s a good thing to have, you know, people, the police around and check out the neighborhood and stuff.”

Crews also cleaned up streets and alleys while officers went door to door talking to residents about things like Crimestoppers.

Dotson says some 70 charges came out of the 23 arrests.