Sam Dotson http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-police-march-new-headquarters <p>After almost five years of preparation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department celebrated its move to new headquarters at 1915 Olive St. with a ceremonial march and ribbon-cutting Saturday.</p><p>Because the former headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. needed $70 million in repairs, the department opted to find a new building instead. The former A.G. Edwards building was purchased in 2011 using $2.7 million in asset forfeiture funds, and the St. Louis Police Foundation contributed $3 million for renovations.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:39:30 +0000 Camille Phillips 38206 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters Police Chief Dotson: Balancing Workload Prompted Reduction In Districts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/police-chief-dotson-balancing-workload-prompted-reduction-districts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 1962, the city of St. Louis has, by state law, had nine police districts.</span></p><p>Reducing that number has been a priority of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson since he<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/entrance-interview-new-slmpd-chief-dotson-crime-local-control-more"> took the job last January. </a>In April,&nbsp;voters turned control of the police department back to the city, giving Dotson the authority to make that change - one he said made based on the data.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33262 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Police Chief Dotson: Balancing Workload Prompted Reduction In Districts Some Aldermen Take Critical View Of Rosy Crime Report From Police Chief http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/some-aldermen-take-critical-view-rosy-crime-report-police-chief <p><em>Check out your neighborhood's crime stats with the interactive map below.</em></p><p>The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department presented their crime statistics to the city's public safety committee today. &nbsp;And even though the raw numbers show<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;overall crime was down in 2013 compared to 2012, some aldermen say their residents don't care about the numbers if they don't feel safe.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:59:34 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33069 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Some Aldermen Take Critical View Of Rosy Crime Report From Police Chief Police Chief Calls Transition To Local Control 'Seamless' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/police-chief-calls-transition-local-control-seamless <p>The end of state control of the St. Louis Police Department was literally centuries in the making. But St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the change hasn’t been obvious to city residents.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>And that, he said, is a good thing.</p><p>“Local control has been a significant step for the metropolitan police department,” Dotson said. “And really, you haven’t noticed anything. It’s been seamless and transparent like it was supposed to be.”</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:36:27 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum & Tim Lloyd 32663 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Police Chief Calls Transition To Local Control 'Seamless' Hot-spot Policing To Continue After Redistricting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hot-spot-policing-continue-after-redistricting <p>After an increase in robberies and burglaries in South St. Louis, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson sent extra forces into three neighborhoods Monday as part of continued hot-spot policing efforts.</p><p>"Hot-spot policing is the way we do business," said Dotson. "What it does is takes resources and puts them in neighborhoods that have seen an increase in crime or problems that I'm trying to stem."</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:58:29 +0000 Camille Phillips 31942 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hot-spot Policing To Continue After Redistricting St. Louis Police Prepare For Forest Park's Balloon Race http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-police-prepare-forest-parks-balloon-race <p>After a series of car break-ins two weeks ago during Loufest, St. Louis Police say they are making crime prevention a priority at this weekend's <a href="http://greatforestparkballoonrace.com/">Great Forest Park Balloon Race</a>.</p><p>The event will be monitored by both uniformed and plain clothes officers. They’ll be using technology like cameras, license plate readers, and spike strips.</p><p>St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson pointed out that, despite the recent break-ins, crime is down almost 6 percent in St. Louis City in the year, and violent crime is down 18 percent.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:33:15 +0000 Kate Essig 30065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Police Prepare For Forest Park's Balloon Race St. Louis Police Officer Receives Racist Letter http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-police-officer-receives-racist-letter <p>St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he’s frustrated and disappointed after learning a black officer received a racist letter through interdepartmental mail.</p><p>Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations after learning about the letter last week.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:14:55 +0000 The Associated Press 29631 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Police Officer Receives Racist Letter St. Louis Police Keeping Wary Eye On Spike In Larcenies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-police-keeping-wary-eye-spike-larcenies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though crime overall continues to drop in the city of St. Louis, the city’s police department remains concerned about an ongoing spike in car break-ins .</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Larcenies are up 2 percent across the city compared to last year, driven by a 7.5 percent jump in car break-ins across the same period.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/162280525/Crime-in-St-Louis-City-through-July-2013"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Read the complete crime report here.</span></strong></a></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:00:39 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 29311 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Police Keeping Wary Eye On Spike In Larcenies Does St. Louis City Deserve Ranking Of Fourth Most Dangerous? Police Chief, Consultant Weigh In http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/does-st-louis-city-deserve-ranking-fourth-most-dangerous-police-chief-consultant-weigh <p>St. Louis City is currently ranked as the <a href="http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2012/CityCrime2013_CityCrimeRateRankings.pdf">fourth most dangerous city in the natio</a>n by CQ Press, based on FBI reports of the number of crimes committed in 2011. But according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson and University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology professor Richard Rosenfeld, those numbers fail to tell the whole story.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:22:20 +0000 Camille Phillips & Rachel Lippmann 28722 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Does St. Louis City Deserve Ranking Of Fourth Most Dangerous? Police Chief, Consultant Weigh In Good News On St. Louis City Crime Numbers For First Half Of 2013 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/good-news-st-louis-city-crime-numbers-first-half-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been a good first six months on the job for St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief Sam Dotson when it comes to crime numbers.</span></p><p>Compared to the same period last year, overall crime in the city is down more than 7 percent in the first half of 2013. Crimes against persons, like homicides and assaults, are down 20 percent. And most crimes are trending well below five-year averages, though Dotson says he is concerned about an uptick in burglaries in recent weeks.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:57:46 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 28330 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Good News On St. Louis City Crime Numbers For First Half Of 2013