St. Louis County Police

Active Shooter Training
5:39 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Police, Employees Learn What To Do When Faced With A Shooter

Matthew Caravella, a member of the St. Louis County Police tactical operations unit, pretends to be a gunman looking for victims during an exercise on April 21, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

How would you react if a gunman entered your workplace?

A group of St. Anthony's Medical Center employees got the chance on Monday to learn what they would do in that situation -- and how to respond so they are more likely to get out alive. 

They experienced this through a program called "Run, Hide, Fight." Participants are trained to know when is the best time to do each of those things. 

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St. Louis County Police
11:32 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Jon Belmar Named Eighth Chief Of St. Louis County Police

New County police chief Jon Belmar (center) after the announcement of his promotion on Jan 31, 2014.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

Updated with additional quotes from Chief Belmar.

A 27-year veteran of the St. Louis County police has been selected as the department's eighth chief.

"I am pleased to announce the selection of Lt. Col. Jon Belmar as the new chief of the St. Louis County police," police board chairman Roland Corvington announced this morning, after about an hour of closed-door deliberation.

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County police
10:28 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Fitch Says Successor As Chief Should Be Mindful Of Politics

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch welcomes police officers from Ecuador who visited county police headquarters. Fitch steps down from his post on Friday.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch may need to make a little room on his wall. 

That’s because Fitch has received two resolutions from the St. Louis County Council celebrating his service – under very different circumstances. The one he received Tuesday commemorates his retirement, which takes effect Friday. (Fitch is starting a consulting company to advise law enforcement groups and companies.)

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Politics & Issues
12:18 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

St. Louis County Police Chief Fitch Announces Retirement

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 2:15 p.m.,  Friday, Dec. 13

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch has been using his blog to make blockbuster declarations lately, but perhaps none was as stunning as Friday’s post in which he announced his retirement as of February.

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St. Louis County Council
6:38 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

St. Louis County Council Gets Two Police Board Nominees, Delays On Complete Streets

Bob Baer in 2008. He has been nominated to the St. Louis County Police Board.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley has nominated two new members to the St. Louis County Police Board.

The Democratic executive made the nominations of former Metro CEO Bob Baer and former Hazelwood member T.R. Carr official today. If they are confirmed by the Council, the board would have a quorum for the first time since September. 

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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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