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.