St. Louis County Police

St. Louis County Government
3:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Federal Authorities End Probe Of Dooley And Crime Lab Contract; Dooley Blasts Stenger, McCulloch

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley talks to reporters after Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 5:39 p.m., Dec. 16 with interview with U.S. Attorney Robert Callahan.)

The U.S. attorney’s office reports that it has found no wrongdoing -- by anyone -- in the awarding of a subcontract for the St. Louis County police department’s new crime lab. 


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Police perspective
11:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Officer: Facing Threats And Shots Makes Protest Duty Emotional For Police

Police are facing increasingly hostile, anti-law enforcement crowds as protests continue in the St. Louis area.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

Since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown in August, police have been facing hostile protests with often a strong anti-law enforcement bent.

Chants of "No justice, no peace" have been mixed with much more violent anti-police messages, including threats of shooting down police helicopters and other vulgar terms.

But it's not just shouts being hurled at police; they've also had Molotov cocktails, rocks, and bottles of urine thrown their way, even been spit at and fired upon.

Police response to violence

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Change in Command
9:36 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

St. Louis County Police Take Over Ferguson Security

Police and protesters interact in Ferguson on the night of September 23, 2014.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Police Department has taken over command of security of protest demonstrations in Ferguson. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson asked St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar to take over Friday after consulting with Ferguson’s mayor and city manager.

Belmar said that the Ferguson police department lacked the manpower to handle the level of activity in Ferguson.

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4:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Johnson Pleads For Peace After Ferguson Demonstrations Flare Up

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks Wednesday during a press conference. He told reporters five people were arrested in Ferguson last night.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

After protests in Ferguson flared up overnight, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says he’s ready to use the riot gear that became a staple of the August demonstrations over Michael Brown’s death.

But Johnson said he’s not willing to place automatically a larger police presence on West Florissant Avenue, adding that he’s monitoring the situation on a “day-by-day” basis.

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Law Enforcement & Mental Health
12:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Five More Questions With Sgt. Jeremy Romo On St. Louis Mental Health Officers

Along with mental health advocates and law enforcement officials, St. Louis County Police Sergeant Jeremy Romo coordinates the St. Louis-Area Crisis Intervention Team program.

The program trains officers to respond to people in a mental health crisis. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reported for NPR Tuesday morning, the need for this service becomes more pronounced as funding for mental health services declines in many communities.  

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5:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Who's In Charge Here? For Ferguson And St. Louis County Police, Not Elected Officials

Members of the St. Louis County Police Department remain on the lot of the QuikTrip Gas station in Ferguson, Missouri on August 11, 2014.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer brought about an intense examination of the conduct, racial composition and “militarization” of local police departments.

But one topic that hasn’t been talked about that much is how elected representatives exert fairly little direct control over the region’s law enforcement agencies.

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3:00 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Police Chief Gives First Details Of Fatal Ferguson Police Shooting

Protestors marched in the street outside the Ferguson fire department on Sunday, August 10, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

This is a fast moving story and we will update here when we can give a more complete picture about what we know. 

For the latest real-time updates follow our reporter Rachel Lippmann on Twitter @rlippmann.

Amid a second day of protests, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar gave the first details from his department’s investigation into the fatal shooting Saturday of 18-year-old Mike Brown by an unidentified Ferguson police officer outside the Canfield Green Apartment complex.

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Dawon Gore
3:54 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis County Officer Charged With Assault

Dawon Gore, a 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police department, faces second-degree assault charges.
Credit (Provided by St. Louis County police)

A 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police force was suspended without pay Friday after being charged with second-degree assault for breaking a man's hand with his police baton. 

County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Dawon Gore, 44, has not been at work since the April 21 incident at the North Hanley MetroLink station. Gore had been serving as an officer in the MetroLink unit. 

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Human Trafficking
2:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Dooley Asks County Council To Boost The Effort To Fight Human Trafficking

Adam Kavanaugh of the St. Louis County Police Department talks with reporters about St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's supplemental budget request.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is pushing for more money to combat human trafficking. 

Dooley asked the St. Louis County Council Tuesday for $250,000 to establish a computer forensic laboratory and hire two forensic examiners. That equipment and additional personnel could help establish evidence that could prosecute sex traffickers. 

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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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