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St. Louis hot spot crime funding approved

4:58 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- Money originally allocated for the Department of Corrections will now be used to help combat crime in St. Louis hot spots.

The St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted to allow $300,000 to be reallocated to pay for overtime to increase police presence in high crime areas.

Mayor Francis Slay said he wants to put more officers in violent areas they have identified as crime hot spots. They've identified 32 such regions in the city.

The practice is already in place on Washington Avenue.

The mayor said hot spot policing is an effective way to bring violent crime rates down.

The city comptroller said she supports the mayor's plan, but said it's a temporary fix and permanent funding is needed.

KSDK

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