Dan Isom

Chief Isom
5:57 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Praise For Police Chief Isom At His Final Roll Call

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.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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St. Louis Police
4:25 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

St. Louis City Beginning Process Of Selecting New Police Chief

(L-R) Commissioner Tom Irwin, Mayor Slay, Chief Isom, Commissioner Erwin Switzer, and Commissioner Richard Gray
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Isom to leave police department
12:08 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

St. Louis Police Chief Isom Leaves To Take Post At UMSL

Left to right, UMSL Chancellor Tom George, Criminology Dept Chair Finn-Aage Esbensen, Chief Dan Isom, and Mayor Francis Slay
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom announced on Monday that he will be stepping down as chief by the end of the year.  Isom will join the faculty of the Department of Criminology at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.


Isom, 45, took over as chief four years ago following the resignation of Joe Mokwa, who was linked to an illegal tow-lot scandal.


Speaking on UMSL’s campus, Isom said it was hard to move on after 24 years in the department, but the opportunity to teach at his alma mater was too good to ignore.

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Crime
4:30 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

St. Louis Police using new strategy against crime

The side of a St. Louis Metropolitan Police patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Police Department is using a new strategy to curb crime.

Aggravated assaults with firearms are up about 20 percent so far this year over last year.

The police department recently began working with University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology professor Rick Rosenfeld to reduce violent crime.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says the new strategy is to flood high-crime areas with officers during evening hours.

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Crime
5:54 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Gun crimes increasing problem for St. Louis police

L-R Congressman William Lacy Clay, Mayor Slay, Police Chief Dan Isom
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

Seeking to reassure the public that St. Louis City is taking action to curb a recent spate of gun-related crime, City Hall announced on Monday several measures designed to target problem neighborhoods.

Police Chief Dan Isom has isolated 12 focus neighborhoods, 8 of which are located in North St. Louis, 2 in central city and 2 in the south.

Starting last weekend Isom says he is also shifting work schedules to move officers from day to evening patrol.

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Crime
5:26 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Street cameras being considered in wake of increases in gun-related crime

Crime camera being used in 21st Ward
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

A network of street cameras designed to curb crime is getting some attention in St. Louis City Hall.

21st Ward alderman Antonio French claims the cameras have reduced violent crime in his north city ward by 80 percent.

“When we had 14 homicides in 2010, what had happened was that this was an area where criminals felt they could operate without fear of being arrested or being held to account,” French said. “The cameras changed that.”

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Other News
5:29 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

St. Louis City looking to cut costs, eliminate redundancy for city services

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Commissioners have approved a plan to reduce the number of city police districts.

The city currently operates a total of nine districts that were established back in 1962.

But Police Chief Dan Isom says the department had twice as many officers back then and more than twice the number of citizens to serve.

“In the last 30 years we’ve lost about 1,000 officers,” Isom said.  We used to have 2,200 officers, now we’re down to about 1,300 officers.  But the slots for those command structures are still the same.”

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Morning round-up
6:34 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Police chief outlines plan to preserve patrol officers despite cuts

The St. Louis police chief says he’ll reduce the department’s command structure and turn some desk jobs currently held by officers over to civilians in an effort to blunt the impact of budget cuts.

Chief Dan Isom unveiled his budget plan to a Board of Aldermen committee yesterday.

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Public Safety
2:55 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Mayor Slay: Police department needs to lose 80 officer positions

About 1,300 officers serve on the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis City officials says 80 officer positions must be cut from the city's police force to offset the department's rising pay, health care and pension costs. 

Police Chief Dan Isom and Mayor Francis Slay support eliminating the jobs through attrition. 30 positions, funded through federal grants, would end this year, when those grants are slated to expire.

Mayor Francis Slay says despite a 45 percent increase in police spending since he took office, spending for retirement benefits is out of control.

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Charges filed against SLMPD officers
12:09 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Assault charges filed against two City of St. Louis police officers

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Updated 1:15 p.m. with additional details about officers.

The City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has filed 3rd Degree Assault charges against two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers, Rory Bruce and David Wilson, in two unrelated incidences. 

Here's a summary of the charges against both officers, according to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce's Facebook page:

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