Officer Down Series

Officer Down Series
5:50 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Officer Down: how St. Louis area police try to stay safe and reach out

"Sam Safety," (left) along with St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom visit students at Cote Brilliant School. "Sam" is the Department's mascot for the "Officer Friendly" community outreach program.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

Federal and local officials are worried about the number of law enforcement officers killed so far this year. Yesterday, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach looked at the scope of the problem.

Today, she explores what St. Louis area police do to stay safe on the streets and how they’re trying to build better relationships with the people they serve.

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Officer Down Series
5:50 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Officer Down: does rise in police deaths indicate deteriorating police-community relationship?

St. Louis Police Officer, and U.S. Marshals Task Force Officer Jeff Helbling delivers remarks during a memorial service for Deputy U.S. Marshal John B. Perry on March 13, 2011. Helbling was wounded in the March 8 attack that killed Perry.
(UPI/Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals)

It’s been a bloody year for cops around the country. Already, dozens have been killed in the line of duty. In St. Louis, two law enforcement officers have been killed. Some in the criminal justice field say assaults against police officers are high in St. Louis and they worry that attitudes against police here are getting worse.

In the first of a two-part series, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach explores the dangers police officers face today and spoke with some people living in higher crime neighborhoods about how they feel about their police.

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