Samuel Dotson

Crime Report
9:29 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

'Concern' And 'Alarm' Over Uptick In Homicides In St. Louis

Police chief Sam Dotson and Ald. Sharon Tyus speak after a particularly contentious meeting of the Public Safety committee.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated on April 29th to clarify that the data released by the circuit court dealt only with the speed of getting gun possession cases to final disposition.

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says a big uptick in homicides in 2014 is "concerning and alarming."

The chief spoke to the Board of Aldermen's public safety committee on Thursday to discuss the latest crime statistics. There have been 44 murders since the beginning of the year. That compares to 30 people by this time in 2013. 

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Gun Violence
10:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

SLMPD Chief Dotson Backs Mo. Senate Bill To Create 'Armed Offender Docket' In St. Louis

St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

Legislation being considered by the Missouri Senate would allow the Circuit Court for the city of St. Louis to create a special docket for armed offenders.

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St. Louis Police
5:25 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Dotson Named New St. Louis Police Chief

Captain D. Samuel Dotson has been named the city of St. Louis' 34th Chief of Police.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Updated at 7 pm with comments from Dotson, Mayor Francis Slay, and the police union.

A 18-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department who has spent the last 18 months assigned to City Hall as the operations director for Mayor Francis Slay is the chief of police for the city.

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