Police to increase presence in Dutchtown, parts of Gravois Park neighborhoods

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- For the third time within one month, St. Louis police are kicking off another 'hot spot' policing initiative. Police will increase their presence in Dutchtown and parts of the Gravois Park neighborhoods. The last operation targeted Wells-Goodfellow, Hamilton Heights and the West End. During that operation, police made 92 arrests and seized 14 guns. Before that effort, the first hot spot policing initiative took place in the last week of January. That targeted the 5th Ward including parts of downtown and neighborhoods just north of downtown.

During that week, officers made 71 arrests and seized six guns in the neighborhoods that saw a stepped up police presence.

Police are becoming all too familiar with the areas being targeted this time around. Three weeks ago, there was an officer involved shooting in the Dutchtown neighborhood in south city. St. Louis police shot and killed LeDarius Williams, 23,  near Minnesota and Meramec.

Chief Dotson says officers chased Williams after he ran from them. Dotson says Williams had a gun, pointed it towards the officers and a struggle started.

Hot Spot Roll Call with Chief Dotson and other commanders is set to happen at 10a.m. at the South Patrol Division located at 3157 Sublette.