St. Louis Metropolitan Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Judge Orders Release Of Internal Police Documents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-orders-release-internal-police-documents <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A second St. Louis judge has ruled that police officers have no right to expect that statements they make during internal investigations won’t be released to the public.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:06:41 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 36926 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge Orders Release Of Internal Police Documents Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fair-st-louis-forest-park-presents-unique-challenges-st-louis-police <p>Fair St. Louis’s move to Forest Park this year is presenting the St. Louis Police Department with some unique challenges.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's according to police chief Sam Dotson, who expressed his concerns at a police board hearing Thursday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>This is the first time the annual Fourth of July celebration will take place in the city's largest park. Dotson said the logistics of the fair have taken more time than he would like. &nbsp;But he said it's important to make sure the plan to keep everyone safe is airtight, especially this first year.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:07:34 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 36770 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police Wells-Goodfellow "Hot Spot" Pays Dividends http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wells-goodfellow-hot-spot-pays-dividends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis police said last month’s decision to <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wells-goodfellow-next-site-st-louis-police-hot-spot-policing" target="_blank">dedicate additional resources</a> to the </span>Wells-Goodfellow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood on the city's northwest side is paying off.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:10:45 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 36735 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wells-Goodfellow "Hot Spot" Pays Dividends Wells-Goodfellow Next Site For St. Louis Police "Hot Spot" Policing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wells-goodfellow-next-site-st-louis-police-hot-spot-policing <p>The Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, on the city's northwest side, will get some extra attention from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for the next week.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:22:26 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 35939 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wells-Goodfellow Next Site For St. Louis Police "Hot Spot" Policing Videotaped Incident Puts Spotlight On Police Interaction With The Mentally Ill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/videotaped-incident-puts-spotlight-police-interaction-mentally-ill <p>A video that shows two St. Louis police department officers striking a man has once again put the spotlight on the fraught interaction between police and the mentally ill.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The man, Mario Crump, has a history of mental illness.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His family had called police for assistance because he was acting erratically. It’s not clear what happened before and after the 40-second video, which was shot by a family member.</span> The incident happened March 21 at Crump's house in the 4300 block of Lee.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:02:57 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 35009 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Videotaped Incident Puts Spotlight On Police Interaction With The Mentally Ill Statewide Radio Network Eases Communication For St. Louis Police, State Highway Patrol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/statewide-radio-network-eases-communication-st-louis-police-state-highway-patrol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Patrick's Day Parade marked the first time the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department relied on a single, statewide radio network to communicate with each other. And, according to all parties, the experience was a success.</span></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:52:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34795 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Statewide Radio Network Eases Communication For St. Louis Police, State Highway Patrol 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 Crime Down Overall In St. Louis, But Homicides Rise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crime-down-overall-st-louis-homicides-rise <p><em>Updated at 4:30 p.m. with quotes from Chief Sam Dotson and 2013 neighborhood data.</em></p><p>Despite an increase in the number of homicides, crime was down more than 5 percent overall in the city of St. Louis last year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released its final numbers for 2013 today. Violent crimes — those committed against individuals— were down by more than 10 percent, while property crimes dropped more than 4 percent.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:22:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32972 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crime Down Overall In St. Louis, But Homicides Rise 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' Inspector Gadget? The Role Of Tech For St. Louis-Area Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/inspector-gadget-role-tech-st-louis-area-police <p>The technology available to a police officer on the beat has come a long way from a pen and a notebook.</p><p>Thanks to in-car computers, police now have the internet and sophisticated databases at their fingertips. Cameras can find a specific license plate or reduce the need for eyewitnesses.</p><p>But the speed at which the changes are taking place has even those using the technology concerned.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32537 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Inspector Gadget? The Role Of Tech For St. Louis-Area Police