Meeting attended by: Captain Leyshock, SLMPD 3d District; Officer Calabro, SLMPD 3d District; and TGE Board Memebers: Safety Chair Chris Naffziger,
Current President Ann Auer, Past President Melanie DeRousse, and Ways and Means Chair Bill Gilbert
Captain Leyshock invited members of the TGENA Board to meet with him to discuss residents’ concerns and to share some of the changes he has made to
address the series of gunshots in Tower Grove East. He came to the meeting with maps and diagrams of where calls have been coming from since April
2012 and showing some of the “hot spots” he is focusing on as a result. Past President Melanie DeRousse gave a brief overview of some of the residents’
concerns and their reaction to two recent outreach meetings (at Five Star Senior Center and at TGENA’s monthly October meeting).
Captain Leyshock shared the intelligence gathering that has taken place an the sources he is using to develop leads and to understand the patterns
(much of this he asked that we keep confidential). Board members felt that he had a very analytical and results-driven approach and that he was
exhausting any and all leads. He has called upon the crime analysis unit to narrow down the period of April to October 2012 to assess patterns and
report to him.
He also discussed the resources he has moved into our area to address the increased shots and activity. Here are some of the steps he has taken that
can be shared publicly:
□ He assigned an officer to call back all people in the vicinity of the midnight shooting on 11/3 at 3110 Magnolia who had called 911 to report
shots fired and who had left a callback number, to see if they had any additional identifying information such as a vehicle or other description.
□ He has reviewed documentation sent in by residents to various sources reporting nuisance and problem activity that has not necessarily
come through his data because the residents are not always calling 911 – he is seeking additional reports of problem properties/activities from
residents (more on that below).
□ He assigned a great majority of his overtime budget and officers (there was extra overtime $ because of the hot spot initiative) to TGE
specifically over the months of September and October, and specifically during the time periods when the shots have been heard.
□ He re-assigned a full burglary unit to become a “TGE Crime Unit” to focus their crime investigation in our area. These officers have been
traveling our neighborhood in unmarked cars for a few weeks now, and have made at least 4 good arrests.
□ He has looked into the ShotSpotter technology. The three massive triangulation units in North City need to work together (hence,
triangulation) and are not mobile and therefore there is no possibility of moving them south. However, he has learned of a new technology that is
less expensive and leads to quicker response times, in that shot location are automatically made available in patrol cars rather than sent only to
dispatch and then relayed to officers with a time lag. He is working on a grant application for funding for that type of technology and TGENA has
offered its letter of support for the grant application.
□ He is making use of the license plate recognition car during the key hours when shots are fired, so that if shots are being fired from
stolen cars, it is easier for police to find those cars quickly.
□ He requested the city-wide undercover Narcotics Unit focus their efforts in our neighborhood, and they are doing so, as well. Since the
killing of Mitchell Jackson on 11/3 (there were apparently many people who wanted to kill him), they have made five SEPARATE undercover narcotics
arrests in TGE. They were for marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
□ He has been watching logs of units’ response time to shots fired calls in our area, and the response time is generally very fast, but he is
keeping an eye on it.
TGENA Board members asked Capt. Leyshock what the neighborhood can do to support police efforts. We talked about whether motion detector lights,
additional security cameras installed by residents, or other technologies might assist – he will consider and get back to us. What he asked for
specifically is neighborhood assistance in identifying those buildings that have not necessarily hit the police radar yet – where residents are aware
of drug or gang activity but police calls are not being made. Also buildings where nuisance behavior is taking place and making others on the
block uncomfortable or scared. We discussed possibly having meetings on a block-by-block basis with concerned neighbors from those areas hardest hit
right now, and inviting the NSO and Problem Properties Officer to those meetings. Chris Naffziger will look into trying to organize that. We also
discussed re-teaching the nuisance reporting process and the crime reporting process to residents because it appears many of those who have
the most vocal complaints about not getting results may be new to the neighborhood and without the tools to get results in our thickly-layered
Finally, Capt. Leyshock shared our current crime stats for TGE:
– overall crime is down 21% from last year.
– robberies are down 17% from last year.
– burglaries are down 32% from last year (notably, that is 50 fewer burglaries YTD than this time last year – and the number includes copper
thefts and other thefts from vacant buildings as well as burglaries of occupied homes)
– car break-ins are down 25% from last year (that is 66 fewer break-ins)
– aggravated assaults are up slightly, due to domestic assaults mainly
As it was election night and the meeting had gone on for 1.5 hours, we decided to part ways and meet again in approximately one month for an