Mobile Camera Unit
Piloted First in the 20th
St. Louis City Police deploy a new crime fighting tool for the first time right here in Gravois Park. The new mobile camera unit was stationed on Iowa just south of Miami. While cameras are not a perfect solution, the mobile unit allows police to monitor what's going on with flexibility and without permanent infrastructure.
Learn more about it here.
Crime in the 20th Ward
Crime is down year to date in the 20th Ward significantly. While overall crime is down 17.5%, person crimes is down a whopping 31.6%.
Crime is up city-wide, by about 1% which makes our decrease even more remarkable. For more information on our City's crime rates by neighborhood, check out the Police Dept Crime stats here.
Crime in St. Louis
A Bright Spot
The Cherokee Neighborhoods (Gravois Park, Marine Villa, Benton Park and Benton Park West), collectively have seen a very distinct and significant drop in crime compared to the rest of the city in 2017. In fact, crime is down overall in these 4 neighborhoods collectively by 8.4%, down 16% in Gravois Park. Homicides are down a stunning 46%.
Read more here.
Age old experiment:
As opposed to the general label of "community policing," Rosenfeld calls the Cherokee patrol an example of "problem-solving policing" done right: "It's police being responsive to the self-identified problems in an area. They engage with residents, business owners, landlords, and the police response need not include arrest. It's quite effective in crime reduction that doesn't alienate community members."
Read more here.