Dan Isom

Police-Citizen Relationships
12:48 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Dotson Faces Antagonism During Ferguson Commission Meeting In Shaw

Two members of the audience yell at St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, who faced some ire from the crowd during the second meeting of the Ferguson Commission.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

At the second meeting of the Ferguson Commission, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson was supposed to make a multi-faceted presentation on policing – and what changes were being contemplated for his department.

But Dotson’s plans changed in a hurry. He faced intense public antagonism at Monday’s meeting, which focused on the relationship between citizens and police.

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Wait For Grand Jury
7:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Slay, Dooley Report Some Agreement Between Protesters And Police

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (right) and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley (left) meet the press on Friday. Slay told reporters that police and protesters are talking in advance of a grand jury decision regarding Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

With the St. Louis region on edge before a grand jury decides Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson’s fate, the leaders of St. Louis and St. Louis County are preparing for protests. 

Appearing before dozens of reporters in Clayton, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said that there have been talks between police officials and protests groups.

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Michael Brown Shooting
6:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Nixon Pledges Safety For Protesters And Community In Wake Of Grand Jury Decision

Surrounded by state and local law enforcement Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced public safety plans for anticipated protests in the aftermath of the grand jury decision.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has pledged zero tolerance for violence in anticipation of protests when the grand jury investigating the August shooting death of Michael Brown releases its decision later this month. But he and law enforcement officials at a Tuesday press conference made it clear that they want to protect both protesters and others' safety and property. 

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Ferguson
10:50 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ferguson's Mayor Faces The Heat As Forum Dissects City's Divisions

An audience member shows Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III a rubber bullet wound that he says he received during unrest in the north St. Louis County city. A forum sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio became heated, with the biggest ire being directed at Knowles. NPR's Michel Martin is at center.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A forum Thursday evening peering into Ferguson’s longstanding tensions as well as the St. Louis region’s racial divisions became angry and heated, with most of a crowd’s ire directed at the town’s mayor.

Audience members expressed searing criticism of Ferguson’s governance and leadership, both of which have come under fire since one of the Ferguson's police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Missouri State Government
3:43 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Nixon's Choice Of Isom Praised, But Some Tie Decision To Politics

Dan Isom, left, is introduced by Gov. Jay Nixon as the new Missouri public safety director.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom to be the state’s new public-safety director, a move that will put Isom in charge of a number of diverse state agencies – from the Highway Patrol to the Gaming Commission.

Isom served 24 years on the St. Louis police force, and retired as chief 18 months ago. He holds doctoral degrees in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he has served as a professor for the past year.

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Harris-Stowe meeting
11:08 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Lessons To Be Learned From Ferguson: Young Will Teach Old

Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

What lessons can be learned from the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath in Ferguson?

For three hours Wednesday night, several panels discussed that question and more at “A community in turmoil,” a symposium at Harris-Stowe State University. Not surprisingly, given the setting, a lot of the answers had to do with education, on campus and on the streets.

And in many cases, speakers said it will be the young teaching the old, not the other way around.

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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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