St. Louis Police Department http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 SLMPD Chief Dotson Backs Mo. Senate Bill To Create 'Armed Offender Docket' In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slmpd-chief-dotson-backs-mo-senate-bill-create-armed-offender-docket-st-louis <p>Legislation being considered by the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> would allow the <a href="http://www.stlcitycircuitcourt.com/">Circuit Court for the city of St. Louis </a>to create a special docket for armed offenders.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:38:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25466 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org SLMPD Chief Dotson Backs Mo. Senate Bill To Create 'Armed Offender Docket' In St. Louis New St. Louis Police Headquarters To Cost More Than Expected http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-st-louis-police-headquarters-cost-more-expected <p>The move to a new building for the St. Louis Police Department is going to be more expensive than first thought.<br>&nbsp;<br><a href="http://bit.ly/Xpo4J0">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that bids came in more than $1.6 million over expectations. Now, the move will be delayed until early next year - nearly a year later than the original estimate.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:10:40 +0000 The Associated Press 10368 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New St. Louis Police Headquarters To Cost More Than Expected Crime, Budget And Restructuring - A Busy Day For St. Louis Police Commissioners http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crime-budget-and-restructuring-busy-day-st-louis-police-commissioners <p>It was a crowded agenda for the five members of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners today. Here's a recap of some of the main agenda items:</p><p><strong>Crime</strong></p><p>B0th police chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay are downplaying a jump in the <a href="http://www.slmpd.org/crime_stats.shtml">crime numbers&nbsp;</a>in January.</p><p>The report released today shows total crime was up 23 percent last month compared to January 2012. There were 11 murders last January, and 15 this year.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:20:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 9498 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crime, Budget And Restructuring - A Busy Day For St. Louis Police Commissioners City Police Department Deploying Extra Resources To College Hill Neighborhood http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-police-department-deploying-extra-resources-college-hill-neighborhood <p><em>Updated at 12:45 Thursday, Feb. 7 with arrest numbers.</em></p><p>The St. Louis Police Department is deploying 80 extra officers and resources to north city’s College Hill neighborhood.</p><p>The area, which borders O’Fallon Park to the west and Interstate 70 to the north, has been the site of a number of shootings recently, including three murders.</p><p>St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the department is used to this kind of “hot-spot policing,” and says the tactic has been used to great effect in other parts of the city.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:10:01 +0000 Adam Allington 9047 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org City Police Department Deploying Extra Resources To College Hill Neighborhood St. Louis Police Department To Offer Training For 'Active Shooter' Scenarios http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-police-department-offer-training-active-shooter-scenarios <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Police Department is planning free seminars for businesses and schools to receive training for an “active shooter” scenario.</span></p><p>St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the recent spate of high-profile tragedies across the country underscores the need for more training.</p><p>Shortly after taking over as chief Dotson met with the representatives from public and private schools to begin the process.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:12:40 +0000 Adam Allington 8881 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Police Department To Offer Training For 'Active Shooter' Scenarios Good News In St. Louis Crime Statistics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/good-news-st-louis-crime-statistics <p>When the 2012 crime statistics were reported last week, there was good news in both St. Louis City and the portion of St. Louis County patrolled by St. Louis County Police.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 01:52:59 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 8600 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Good News In St. Louis Crime Statistics New SLMPD Chief On Developing Relationships, Major Issues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-slmpd-chief-developing-relationships-major-issues <p>Sam Dotson is the new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.</p><p>He comes to the position after spending about twenty years with the Department.</p><p>Dotson joined host Don Marsh for a wide-ranging discussion.&nbsp; They talked about taking the reins of the St. Louis Police Department as it prepares to transition to local control and about making the force one which is fully up to speed on 21<sup>st</sup> century policing practices.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:24:12 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 8342 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New SLMPD Chief On Developing Relationships, Major Issues STL Alderman To Propose Reducing Penalties For Pot http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-alderman-propose-reducing-penalties-pot <p>A St. Louis alderman wants the city to reduce the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Alderman Shane Cohn plans to introduce a bill Friday that would allow St. Louis police to send people with a small amount of marijuana to municipal court. Currently, marijuana offenders are charged under state laws.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/UOVFAf">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports </a>the municipal violation would bring a fine of $100 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. The proposal also would exempt anyone from another state who has a prescription for medical marijuana.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:43:56 +0000 The Associated Press 8216 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Alderman To Propose Reducing Penalties For Pot Autopsy Results In For Mother Found In Car http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/autopsy-results-mother-found-car <p>The St. Louis Police Department will take part in an investigation into who killed Ebony Jackson, the mother of a baby found early Friday morning in Breckenridge Hills.</p><p>Jackson's body was in the trunk of her car Tuesday, which was located in St. Louis.</p><p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/mother-found-dead-in-trunk-died-of-gunshot-wound/article_33d46ecb-23e0-5863-8297-f598e33b54ba.html">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an autopsy</a> performed Wednesday revealed that Jackson was shot in the head. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:29:25 +0000 Maria Altman 8215 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Autopsy Results In For Mother Found In Car