Unpacking the St. Louis 2015 crime stats

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis City’s overall crime rate was up 2.2 percent, with violent crimes rising a disturbing 7.8 percent, as Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson released crime numbers for the preceding year.

If there’s one bright spot among the 2015 crime statistics, it’s that the city’s crime numbers—including violent incidents—began dropping in September to levels lower than those same months in the prior year.

Chief Dotson credits having more officers working overtime and conducting hot spot policing for the downward trend.

At a news conference Monday, the chief and mayor renewed their call for an armed offender docket and tighter gun laws, pointing out that the number of guns seized from criminals in St. Louis last year was up a staggering 35 percent.

Mayor Slay also announced a new, 15-person crime commission, representing a cross-section of community organizations. The commission is a component of the city’s new crime strategy, known as “The Pier Plan,” which targets 15 specific city neighborhoods for intervention.