City police recruit neighbors to fight crime

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis police went door to door Wednesday in the Baden neighborhood ofnorth city trying to get residents involved with combatting crime.

Officers took roll call then handed out fliers for what’s called the “Neighborhood Ownership Model.”

That plan gets residents to interact with each other and authorities in fighting crime.

It has multiple components including victim support, getting witnesses to stay involved with court cases and having citizens trained to patrol their neighborhoods and contact police when they see problems.

Pecolar Pendleton, a Baden resident who had a bullet go into her home recently, applauds the efforts, “It’s uplifting. People that are afraid to even talk, they probably would be able to say something. And it would help the kids and the grown-ups too, because we all need help.”

Sergeant Justin Johnson with the St. Louis police department added, “This is about owning your neighborhood. This is about taking back your neighborhood. We want to reduce crime, improve the overall quality of life for you.”

Police say the neighborhood ownership model has reduced crime in other areas.

It’s already been implemented in the Dutchtown, Gravois Park and Lafayette Square areas of the city.

Police hope to implement it in all 79 city neighborhoods.

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