Tim Fitch http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Jon Belmar Named Eighth Chief Of St. Louis County Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jon-belmar-named-eighth-chief-st-louis-county-police <p><strong>Updated with additional quotes from Chief Belmar.</strong></p><p>A 27-year veteran of the St. Louis County police has been selected as the department's eighth chief.</p><p>"I am pleased to announce the selection of Lt. Col. Jon Belmar as the new chief of the St. Louis County&nbsp;police," police board chairman Roland Corvington announced this morning, after about an hour of closed-door deliberation.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:32:39 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33386 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Jon Belmar Named Eighth Chief Of St. Louis County Police Fitch Says Successor As Chief Should Be Mindful Of Politics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fitch-says-successor-chief-should-be-mindful-politics <p>St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch may need to make a little room on his wall.&nbsp;</p><p>That’s because Fitch has received two resolutions from the St. Louis County Council celebrating his service – under very different circumstances. The one he received Tuesday <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-police-chief-fitch-announces-retirement">commemorates his retirement, which takes effect Friday.</a> (Fitch is starting a consulting company to advise law enforcement groups and companies.)</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:28:54 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33352 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fitch Says Successor As Chief Should Be Mindful Of Politics Crime In Parts Of St. Louis County The Lowest In 44 Years http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crime-parts-st-louis-county-lowest-44-years <p>Crime in the parts of St. Louis County covered by the county’s police department dropped 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to numbers released by the department today.</p><p>This is the fifth straight year for a decrease - something St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch called a "great accomplishment." &nbsp;The latest figures bring the total level of crime to its lowest point since 1969.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:37:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33095 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crime In Parts Of St. Louis County The Lowest In 44 Years St. Louis County Police Chief Fitch Announces Retirement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-police-chief-fitch-announces-retirement <p><em>Updated 2:15 p.m.,&nbsp; Friday, Dec. 13</em></p><p>St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch has been using his blog to make blockbuster declarations lately, but perhaps none was as stunning as&nbsp;<a href="http://chieftimfitch.blogspot.com/2013/12/announcing-my-retirement.html?spref=tw" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Friday’s post</a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in which he announced his retirement as of February.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:18:38 +0000 Jo Mannies & Maria Altman 32233 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Police Chief Fitch Announces Retirement St. Louis City, County Police Merge Bomb And Arson Squads http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-city-county-police-merge-bomb-and-arson-squads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bomb and arson units in St. Louis city and County are joining forces on July 1 - the latest merger between the two largest police departments in the region.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 10 officers will still be employees of their own departments, but will now respond to calls throughout the region in two, eight-hour shifts. The arrangement, said St. Louis city police chief Sam Dotson, should almost eliminate overtime costs.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:14:56 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 27550 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis City, County Police Merge Bomb And Arson Squads Arming Teachers: St. Louis County Police Chief Responds To Support And Opposition http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arming-teachers-st-louis-county-police-chief-responds-support-and-opposition <p>St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says arming school personnel should be considered when discussing ways to improve school safety.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talked with Fitch about his proposal, which he made a couple of days after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p>Fitch acknowledged that there are serious concerns about his proposal but said he hasn’t heard any other ideas for how to address the lag time when someone starts shooting and police can respond. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:05:14 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 7530 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Arming Teachers: St. Louis County Police Chief Responds To Support And Opposition St. Louis County Police Chief Defends Idea To Arm Educators http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-police-chief-defends-idea-arm-educators <p></p><p>It’s estimated that there are more guns in America than people, and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is defending his idea that arming school personnel should be considered when discussing ways to improve school safety.</p><p>Speaking to St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today, Fitch acknowledged that there are serious concerns about his proposal.&nbsp;</p><p>But, the police chief also said he hasn’t heard any other ideas for how to address what he said is a critical gap in time when someone starts shooting and police can respond. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:15:22 +0000 Tim Lloyd 7527 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Police Chief Defends Idea To Arm Educators Conn. Shooting Prompts Increased Patrols Near St. Louis Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conn-shooting-prompts-increased-patrols-near-st-louis-schools <p></p><p>Both St. Louis city and county police are stepping up patrols around schools following<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tragedy-connecticut-deadly-shooting-elementary-school"> the shootings in Connecticut</a>.</p><p>St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the extra patrols began this afternoon and will remain in place until further notice.</p><p>Fitch says the department already has 31 school resource officers in districts around the county.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:25:53 +0000 Maria Altman & maria 7384 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Conn. Shooting Prompts Increased Patrols Near St. Louis Schools St. Louis County Making Progress Against Heroin Epidemic http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-making-progress-against-heroin-epidemic <p>For the past year, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and community organizations have held nearly two dozen town hall meetings to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic. Deaths from heroin overdoses continue to decline, but officials say they are seeing an uptick in some age groups.</p><p>Through September of this year there have been 45 heroin deaths in St. Louis County, that’s compared to 55 last year.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach sat down with Chief Fitch to talk about their efforts to go after heroin suppliers.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 11:14:00 +0000 Julie Bierach 5795 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Making Progress Against Heroin Epidemic St. Louis County Police help patrol Dellwood http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-police-help-patrol-dellwood <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=dellwood+mo&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Dellwood,+St+Louis,+Missouri&amp;gl=us&amp;t=m&amp;vpsrc=6&amp;ll=38.780852,-90.267448&amp;spn=0.093673,0.145912&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=A&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=dellwood+mo&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Dellwood,+St+Louis,+Missouri&amp;gl=us&amp;t=m&amp;vpsrc=6&amp;ll=38.780852,-90.267448&amp;spn=0.093673,0.145912&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=A&amp;source=embed" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p>St. Louis County Police are filling a law enforcement gap in Dellwood as efforts continue to disband the suburb&#39;s municipal police force.&nbsp;</p><p>Dellwood&#39;s&nbsp;Mayor, Loretta Johnson, requested the county&#39;s help while eight of&nbsp;Dellwood&#39;s&nbsp;16 police department positions remain vacant.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:59:48 +0000 Joseph Leahy 2833 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org