Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Praise Crime Watch Program; Dutchtown Credited with Good Results, but Recent Shootings Raise Concern; LOCAL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Praise Crime Watch Program; Dutchtown Credited with Good Results, but Recent Shootings Raise Concern; LOCAL

Article excerpt

ST. LOUIS - Nothing inspires a community to get involved like the murder of an innocent victim, said Capt. Dan Howard.

About a year ago, Howard and other police leaders capitalized on that momentum in the Dutchtown neighborhood after the beating death of Hoang Nguyen and the fatal shooting of Paul Reiter, who worked at the newspaper the St. Louis American.

A town hall meeting was called, and Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Dan Isom and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce challenged the 200-plus crowd at Grbic Restaurant to help police crack down on crime through the Neighborhood Ownership Model, in which residents volunteer for citizen patrols, court monitoring and to become block captains.

Since then, 646 residents have volunteered to undergo the two- hour training to participate in the model, logging 3,200 volunteer hours, Howard said.

The result: Crime has declined by 27 percent, Howard said.

But a recent spate of fatal shootings has once again plagued the city's most highly populated neighborhood. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.