local control http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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' Chief Of Staff Jeff Rainford On Impact Of Local Control Of Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chief-staff-jeff-rainford-impact-local-control-police <p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/control-police-department-returns-city-st-louis">As previously reported by St. Louis Public Radio</a>, management of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officially returned to the purview of the City of St. Louis on Saturday.&nbsp; After the at times contentious process to regain control, and a 152 year run under state management, the city can now look ahead to the impact local control will have on St. Louis.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Camille Phillips 29603 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Chief Of Staff Jeff Rainford On Impact Of Local Control Of Police New Chief Dotson Will Pursue Civilian Review Boards For Police Department http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-chief-dotson-will-pursue-civilian-review-boards-police-department <p>The <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dotson-named-new-st-louis-police-chief">new chief</a> of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says he wants to implement a civilian review board in the city of St. Louis.</p><p>Sam Dotson officially took over as chief on Tuesday. The former operations director for Mayor Francis Slay replaces Dan Isom, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-police-chief-isom-leaves-take-post-umsl">who retired</a>.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:45:31 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 7947 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Chief Dotson Will Pursue Civilian Review Boards For Police Department Creation Of A Municipal Police Force Begins Today http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/creation-municipal-police-force-begins-today <p>The process of turning control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department over to City Hall begins today.</p><p>Ald. Craig Schmid, the chair of the public safety committee at the Board of Aldermen, will introduce <a href="http://www.stlouis-mo.gov/internal-apps/legislative/upload/boardbill/BB2451.pdf">the bill</a> in which the city accepts "responsibility, ownership and liability as the successor-in-interest for contractual obligations, indebtedness and other lawful obligations of the Board of Police Commissioners."</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:16:35 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 6929 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Creation Of A Municipal Police Force Begins Today Missouri Voters To Decide St. Louis Local Control Issue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-voters-decide-st-louis-local-control-issue <p></p><p>St. Louis is one of the few cities in the U.S. that does not control its own police department.</p><p>On Tuesday, Missouri voters will decide whether the city should regain oversight of its police force for the first time in 151 years.</p><p>But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports there’s disagreement over <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/PropA.asp">Proposition A</a> within the city.</p><p></p><p><strong>Anything but simple</strong></p><p>The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is right across the street from City Hall.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Maria Altman 6020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Voters To Decide St. Louis Local Control Issue Proposition A - Local Control Of The City Of St. Louis Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposition-local-control-city-st-louis-police <p>In the first of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition A, concerning local control of the City of St. Louis police department.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talks with Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay’s Chief of Staff for the City of St. Louis, and John Chasnoff, Program Director for the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.&nbsp; Rainford supports Proposition A while Chasnoff opposes it.</p><p><strong><em>Official Ballot Title: </em></strong><em>(source: Missouri Secretary of State website)</em></p><p>Shall Missouri law be amended to:</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:41:43 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 5978 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposition A - Local Control Of The City Of St. Louis Police Activists Rally Against Prop A http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/activists-rally-against-prop <p>Activists say it’s a tricky maneuver.</p><p>Groups including the ACLU and NAACP have long supported local control of police. &nbsp;But Chair of the Organization for Black Struggle, Montague Simmons, says Proposition A would undercut transparency&nbsp;and citizen oversight.</p><p>“The banner head that they’re using for local control, we built credibility for,” Simmons says.&nbsp; “People understand it and they identify directly with citizen review.&nbsp; They identify it with accountability and transparency.&nbsp; Absent that, people will be buying in to something they can’t live with.”</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 01:30:21 +0000 Tim Lloyd 5892 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activists Rally Against Prop A Activist Groups Rally Against Local Control http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/activist-groups-rally-against-local-control <p>Proposition A, the state ballot measure to hand control of the St. Louis Police Department back to the city has come under fire from local activists.</p><p>A coalition of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP is urging Missouri voters not to vote for Prop A on the grounds that language establishing a citizen oversight board and open access to police records has been stricken from the bill.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Montague Simmons is a spokesman for the group.&nbsp; He says they support local control, but not at the expense of accountability.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:36:39 +0000 Adam Allington 4733 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activist Groups Rally Against Local Control Local control ballot measure picks up more endorsements http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-control-ballot-measure-picks-more-endorsements <p>A <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/PropA.asp">ballot measure</a> that would return oversight of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to city officials picked up endorsements from lawmakers across Missouri today.</p><p>The 40 or so new endorsements bring the total number of legislators on board with the effort to 87. More than two-thirds of them are Republicans. (See all the elected officials who support the measure <a href="http://www.safermissouri.com/broad-support-for-local-control/">here</a>).</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:09:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4583 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local control ballot measure picks up more endorsements Court upholds language on local control measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/court-upholds-language-local-control-measure <p>A Missouri appeals court <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=56188">has ruled</a> that language used to summarize a <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012petitions/12init_pet.asp#2012088">ballot proposal</a> giving St. Louis city &nbsp;control of its police department is fair.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:02:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 4370 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Court upholds language on local control measure