St. Louis Rolls Out Phase Two of College Hill Hot-Spot Initiative

The City of St. Louis is working hand in hand with police to make College Hill a safer neighborhood for its residents.

February 19, 2013 | 2 min reading time

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You’ll see it in action beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is working with the City’s Building Division, Health Department, Streets Department and Forestry Division on a coordinated effort to literally help clean up City neighborhoods hit by crime and disorder.

This is a prime example of what Local Control looks like in action,” Mayor Francis Slay said. “Through a great partnership with our police department, officers have told us what needs they have identified in the College Hill neighborhood, and City crews are now working to fulfill them to create a safer, cleaner, healthier environment for residents.”  

As part of Phase Two of the College Hill Hot-Spot Initiative, City crews will secure vacant houses, clean up debris from alleys and ensure street and alleyway lights are in proper working order. Neighborhood Stabilization officers will also work with homeowners and landlords to bring properties into building code compliance. 

Staff from the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) will also be on hand to pass out information on employment, job training and educational opportunities. 

Police began saturating College Hill with officers and City resources two weeks ago.  

“This is an innovative approach to bring together more and better resources to bear on crime,” Chief Sam Dotson said. “We believe we can make a more lasting impact by addressing quality of life issues along with getting criminal suspects off our streets.” 

Crews will assemble at the corner of Emily Street and De Soto Avenue at 8 a.m. Both Mayor Slay and Chief Dotson will speak to members of the media about this joint effort around 11 a.m., following the Police Board meeting at Police Headquarters.

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