Sam Dotson

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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Safe Roads for All
12:42 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Cyclists And Pedestrians Urged To 'Be Brave,' Advocate For Safer Roads

Cyclists leave the History Museum in Forest Park as part of the "Safe Roads for All" campaign.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Advocates for bicyclists and pedestrians say they want to make 2013 the year Missouri passes a law banning texting while driving for everyone behind the wheel.

But those advocates, along with mass transit, city police and Missouri Department of Transportation officials also pushed all users of the road to take personal responsibility as they kicked off the second annual Safe Roads for All campaign on Monday.

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St. Louis Police Headquarters
10:10 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New St. Louis Police Headquarters To Cost More Than Expected

Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The move to a new building for the St. Louis Police Department is going to be more expensive than first thought.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that bids came in more than $1.6 million over expectations. Now, the move will be delayed until early next year - nearly a year later than the original estimate.
 

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College Hill
4:24 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

What Do The Streets, Building, Forestry And Health Departments Have To Do With College Hill's Crime?

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Quite a bit - city leaders say.

Crews from four St. Louis city departments are flooding a north city neighborhood this week in an ongoing effort to tackle its crime problem.

The influx of resources from the streets, building, forestry and health departments follows two weeks of stepped-up police presence known as “hot-spot policing."

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St. Louis on the Air
3:24 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

New SLMPD Chief On Developing Relationships, Major Issues

Chief Sam Dotson
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Sam Dotson is the new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

He comes to the position after spending about twenty years with the Department.

Dotson joined host Don Marsh for a wide-ranging discussion.  They talked about taking the reins of the St. Louis Police Department as it prepares to transition to local control and about making the force one which is fully up to speed on 21st century policing practices.

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St. Louis Metropolitan Police
5:02 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Entrance Interview: New SLMPD Chief Dotson On Crime, Local Control, More

Sam Dotson became chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday.
(Photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officially has a new chief.

Sam Dotson has been with the department since Oct. 1993, including time as the chief of staff to the Board of Police Commissioners, and as an aide to Mayor Francis Slay.

Dotson takes the helm of the 1,300-person department at a time of great change. But he says his first priority will always be reducing crime.

"We're going to end 2012 with crime being down just under 13 percent. That's a significant decrease, and the decreases have been happening year over year," he said.

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Civilian review
3:45 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Chief Dotson Will Pursue Civilian Review Boards For Police Department

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

The new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says he wants to implement a civilian review board in the city of St. Louis.

Sam Dotson officially took over as chief on Tuesday. The former operations director for Mayor Francis Slay replaces Dan Isom, who retired.

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Jail investigation
3:58 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Report finds "systemic failure of leadership" at St. Louis jails

A preliminary review of the St. Louis corrections department finds "numerous weaknesses" in the management, physical structure and operations of the two jails the department oversees.

Six inmates have escaped from the facilities in the last 15 months. Three of the four escapes took place within five months of each other.

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Local control
4:33 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Isom expects "limited change" if department returns to local control

City Hall as seen from the headquarters of the St. Louis Police Department.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says not much would change if oversight of the department returns to City Hall for the first time in 150 years.

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