Wednesday, February 6, 2013

College Hill: Stop the Violence

As I wrote on my first day as Chief of Police, “we will focus on reducing crime and making our neighborhoods safe.  This has been, and always will be, our number one priority.”  Recently, the College Hill neighborhood has seen an increase in violent crime. This is unacceptable. As part of my commitment to you, the citizens of this community, we are taking immediate steps to not only identify and bring the offenders to justice, but also to implement strategies to make the neighborhood safer and return a sense of normalcy.

Starting today, residents of the College Hill neighborhood can expect to see a significant increase of police presence in the area.  A plan has been developed that includes extra resources in the neighborhood. Officers will patrol in uniform, driving marked police vehicles, as well as in an undercover capacity in unmarked cars.  Traffic Safety checkpoints will be conducted and our mobile command center will be staged in the area.  Residents can also expect to see roll calls being conducted in the neighborhood and community outreach officers distributing information on how they can assist. This is how hot spot policing works.

As always, we need your help.  Every piece of information, no matter how small, is crucial to solving cases and stopping violence.  If you have any information call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).  It is always anonymous and offers rewards up to $1,000 for information on a case.  Assist us in assisting you in taking back your neighborhood from those who are committing the crimes. 

These flyers are being distributed by officers to residents of College Hills today:


  1. Chief Dotson, I have been willing to speak with you for a while. My name is Sapna and I am a student at Whitfield School, a small, independent school in Creve Coeur. We are doing a solutions project in which we find an issue (ours is police funding) and propose a solution for said issue. We would work at your convenience, but your interview could really make our project. It would not take more than 15 minutes, if you are interested. Please call me or email me at Again, I would really appreciate this, as I have been trying to reach you for a while