Dotson: Solving killings takes time

4 years 5 months 1 week ago Friday, May 08 2015 May 8, 2015 Friday, May 08, 2015 7:44:00 AM CDT May 08, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is defending his department after reports that just 19 of 60 homicides in the city have been solved so far this year.

Dotson told KMOV-TV that unlike what you see on TV shows, solving a homicide takes time. Officers must conduct interviews, perform ballistics tests, perform DNA testing.

The chief said it is not uncommon for the process to take several weeks.

Some aldermen on Thursday questioned whether Dotson's hot-spot policing plan is working, given the fact that homicides and other violent crimes are on the rise. The chief said he remains confident in the strategy that targets high-crime areas of the city.

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