Sam Dotson

Police Redistricting
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Police Chief Dotson: Balancing Workload Prompted Reduction In Districts

Since 4 am on Jan. 21, police in St. Louis have patrolled in six districts - down from nine.
Credit (St. Louis Metropolitan Police)

Since 1962, the city of St. Louis has, by state law, had nine police districts.

Reducing that number has been a priority of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson since he took the job last January. In April, 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.

Since 4:00 a.m. today, officers have been patrolling in six districts instead of nine.

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Crime Statistics
5:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Some Aldermen Take Critical View Of Rosy Crime Report From Police Chief

Crime in St. Louis seems to be going down, but city alderman say people still don't feel safe.
(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Pelkonen)

Check out your neighborhood's crime stats with the interactive map below.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department presented their crime statistics to the city's public safety committee today.  And even though the raw numbers show overall crime was down in 2013 compared to 2012, some aldermen say their residents don't care about the numbers if they don't feel safe.

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Crime
11:36 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Police Chief Calls Transition To Local Control 'Seamless'

Police Chief Sam Dotson, left, and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce look on as Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson talks about the city's "no refusal" policy with drunk drivers. Prosecutors will now seek warrants to draw blood if somebody refuses a breath test.
Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI

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. 

  

And that, he said, is a good thing.

“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.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Hot-spot Policing To Continue After Redistricting

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

After an increase in robberies and burglaries in South St. Louis, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson sent extra forces into three neighborhoods Monday as part of continued hot-spot policing efforts.

"Hot-spot policing is the way we do business," said Dotson. "What it does is takes resources and puts them in neighborhoods that have seen an increase in crime or problems that I'm trying to stem."

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Other News
3:33 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

St. Louis Police Prepare For Forest Park's Balloon Race

St. Louis City Police Chief, Sam Dotson
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

After a series of car break-ins two weeks ago during Loufest, St. Louis Police say they are making crime prevention a priority at this weekend's Great Forest Park Balloon Race.

The event will be monitored by both uniformed and plain clothes officers. They’ll be using technology like cameras, license plate readers, and spike strips.

St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson pointed out that, despite the recent break-ins, crime is down almost 6 percent in St. Louis City in the year, and violent crime is down 18 percent. 

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Police Department
8:14 am
Wed September 4, 2013

St. Louis Police Officer Receives Racist Letter

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

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he’s frustrated and disappointed after learning a black officer received a racist letter through interdepartmental mail.

Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations after learning about the letter last week.

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Car Break-Ins
2:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

St. Louis Police Keeping Wary Eye On Spike In Larcenies

(via Flickr/raleighwoman)

Though crime overall continues to drop in the city of St. Louis, the city’s police department remains concerned about an ongoing spike in car break-ins .

Larcenies are up 2 percent across the city compared to last year, driven by a 7.5 percent jump in car break-ins across the same period.

Read the complete crime report here.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:22 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Does St. Louis City Deserve Ranking Of Fourth Most Dangerous? Police Chief, Consultant Weigh In

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

St. Louis City is currently ranked as the fourth most dangerous city in the nation by CQ Press, based on FBI reports of the number of crimes committed in 2011. But according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson and University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology professor Richard Rosenfeld, those numbers fail to tell the whole story.

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Crime Numbers
4:57 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Good News On St. Louis City Crime Numbers For First Half Of 2013

(via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

It’s been a good first six months on the job for St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief Sam Dotson when it comes to crime numbers.

Compared to the same period last year, overall crime in the city is down more than 7 percent in the first half of 2013. Crimes against persons, like homicides and assaults, are down 20 percent. And most crimes are trending well below five-year averages, though Dotson says he is concerned about an uptick in burglaries in recent weeks.

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Law Enforcement
2:14 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

St. Louis City, County Police Merge Bomb And Arson Squads

County police chief Tim Fitch (L) chats with his city counterpart Sam Dotson before city police commissioners voted to approve a merger of their bomb and arson squads.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The bomb and arson units in St. Louis city and County are joining forces on July 1 - the latest merger between the two largest police departments in the region.

The 10 officers will still be employees of their own departments, but will now respond to calls throughout the region in two, eight-hour shifts. The arrangement, said St. Louis city police chief Sam Dotson, should almost eliminate overtime costs.

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