St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (at right) speaking about St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom (at left) on Dec. 4, 2012. Isom will be leaving the post to take a position at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
The praise was widespread, and the plaques and gifts many on Tuesday as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies gathered at the headquarters of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to pay tribute to Chief Dan Isom.
Isom is retiring in January to take a position with the criminology department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Isom, who has been chief since October 2008, has his bachelor's, masters and doctorate from the school.
The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners met for the first time since the retirement announcement of Police Chief Dan Isom. Foremost on the boards’ agenda was establishing a process for vetting and interviewing potential candidates for chief.
Commissioner Richard Gray says the board plans to take a number of steps, similar to those taken when hiring a corporate CEO. Including such things as a psychological examination to determine leadership skills, looking at old tax returns, and also engaging the public.
The homicide unit of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is getting a little bigger.
The Board of Police Commissioners at its meeting today approved adding 10 detectives to the unit. Four of them have been serving with the division on a temporary basis, and the six others will be selected from among the city's 900 patrol officers.
Theft of material like copper tubing that can be sold for scrap pushed burglaries in St. Louis city up 11 percent from last year, though St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says increased manpower has reversed an upward trend.