By Talia Kaplan
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - For more than a month, St. Louis police officials have been adamant about a new plan to reduce crime. On Tuesday, they announced how well that plan actually worked. Police say the plan worked very well and there is data to prove it.
City officials released the results from a month long crime fighting plan called the Homicide Deterrence Initiative.
The initiative was implemented in the wake of a rash of gun violence. It's the answer to a summer topped off a period of more than 300 aggravated assaults year-over-year compared to 2011, despite a decrease in overall crime.
The plan shuffled police resources and diverted officers from day shifts to the night beat.
It focused on twelve high-crime or hot spot locations over a 30-day trial period.
Criminology professor Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, at University of Missouri-St. Louis, says before HDI, overall crime in the city was down this year compared to last but aggravated assaults were up about 15 to 20 percent. Now, serious violent crimes are significantly down by 68 percent over the same period last year in the HDI areas. Aggravated assaults are still up, but now reduced to about eight percent.
The results will focus on improvements made in those areas.
The city allocated $250,000 to continue this effort. St. Louis police say they will test three plans over the next three days. They will then evaluate their effectiveness and the plan that worked best will continue. Chief Dan Isom called HDI a template.
During the HDI,100 officers were shuffled from working days to 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. in the high crime areas. Police say roughly 50 officers will continue to work that same night shift instead of their dayshift to keep the momentum going.