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4. St. Louis crime is at its lowest in the past decade. Experts say the reasons are unclear
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 09:30 AM
Feb 18

Overall crime trends in St. Louis are the lowest they’ve been in a decade, according to a 2023 crime report released by the mayor’s office and the St. Louis Metro Police Department.

The report reveals a 21% reduction in homicides between 2022 and last year, a 24% reduction in shooting incidents and a 23% reduction in shooting victims, who totaled 631 in 2023 compared to 821 in 2022. Mayor Tishaura Jones credits intentional work done by the police department with the drop in crime.

“We are putting St. Louis on the right track,” Jones said in a statement. “These numbers reflect what we can do when we combine the tireless work of our officers and of our newly established Office of Violence Prevention.”...

...Chief Robert Tracy commended his team of officers for the dip in crime last year. He said this builds on the 25% drop in homicides from 2020 to 2021 and is evidence of crime prevention strategies that focus on community policing with integrity.

Examples include assigning officers to the same areas each time they report for duty. Police have also focused on crime gun intelligence and partnerships with community organizations, partner law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to help reduce crime, the department said.


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