Cardinals' success could aid anti-crime effort

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 10:15 a.m. CDT; updated 10:56 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 18, 2012

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals' playoff run might help the city pay for a crime-fighting effort.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said Wednesday that he wants to find money to continue a policing effort that pulled about 100 officers from daytime shifts and put them on night duty in high-crime areas.

The defending World Series champion Cardinals are deep into the playoffs again, in the midst of the National League championship series. Slay's office said the city gains about $400,000 for every postseason home game. The Cardinals have already played three home playoff games and are guaranteed two more. If they make the World Series, that could be up to four more.

A University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist says the hot-spot policing strategy has reduced gun crime by as much as 68 percent in targeted areas.

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