St. Louis Metropolitan Police

Politics & Issues
4:39 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters

Police Chief Sam Dotson is joined by a crowd as he marches to the new SLMPD headquarters Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

After almost five years of preparation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department celebrated its move to new headquarters at 1915 Olive St. with a ceremonial march and ribbon-cutting Saturday.

Because the former headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. needed $70 million in repairs, the department opted to find a new building instead. The former A.G. Edwards building was purchased in 2011 using $2.7 million in asset forfeiture funds, and the St. Louis Police Foundation contributed $3 million for renovations.

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World Series Tickets
10:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Judge Orders Release Of Internal Police Documents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

A second St. Louis judge has ruled that police officers have no right to expect that statements they make during internal investigations won’t be released to the public.

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Fair St. Louis
10:07 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police

This summer marks the first time Fair St. Louis will be on Art Hill.
(via Flickr/Tyson Blanquart)

Fair St. Louis’s move to Forest Park this year is presenting the St. Louis Police Department with some unique challenges. That's according to police chief Sam Dotson, who expressed his concerns at a police board hearing Thursday. 

This is the first time the annual Fourth of July celebration will take place in the city's largest park. Dotson said the logistics of the fair have taken more time than he would like.  But he said it's important to make sure the plan to keep everyone safe is airtight, especially this first year.

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Crime
6:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Wells-Goodfellow "Hot Spot" Pays Dividends

Chief Sam Dotson (in white) listens to James Clark from Better Family Life before the start of a hot spot patrol in Wells-Goodfellow on May 7, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis police said last month’s decision to dedicate additional resources to the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood on the city's northwest side is paying off.

Since designating the area as a "hot spot," police have made nearly 90 arrests. Some were for probation and parole violations, others for crimes in progress. They also pulled 20 guns off the street during the 10-day period.

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Tackling Crime
5:22 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Wells-Goodfellow Next Site For St. Louis Police "Hot Spot" Policing

James Clark of Better Family Life speaks to Chief Sam Dotson (back to camera) and the officers assigned to the week-long hot spot in Wells-Goodfellow starting May 7, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, on the city's northwest side, will get some extra attention from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for the next week. 

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Politics & Issues
11:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Videotaped Incident Puts Spotlight On Police Interaction With The Mentally Ill

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

A video that shows two St. Louis police department officers striking a man has once again put the spotlight on the fraught interaction between police and the mentally ill.

The man, Mario Crump, has a history of mental illness. His family had called police for assistance because he was acting erratically. It’s not clear what happened before and after the 40-second video, which was shot by a family member. The incident happened March 21 at Crump's house in the 4300 block of Lee.

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Radio Network
11:52 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Statewide Radio Network Eases Communication For St. Louis Police, State Highway Patrol

The 2014 St. Patrick's Day parade marked the first use of a statewide radio network by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Credit (Credit: Flickr/Brad Tutterow)

The St. Patrick's Day Parade marked the first time the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department relied on a single, statewide radio network to communicate with each other. And, according to all parties, the experience was a success.

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Police Redistricting
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Police Chief Dotson: Balancing Workload Prompted Reduction In Districts

Since 4 am on Jan. 21, police in St. Louis have patrolled in six districts - down from nine.
Credit (St. Louis Metropolitan Police)

Since 1962, the city of St. Louis has, by state law, had nine police districts.

Reducing that number has been a priority of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson since he took the job last January. In April, voters turned control of the police department back to the city, giving Dotson the authority to make that change - one he said made based on the data.

Since 4:00 a.m. today, officers have been patrolling in six districts instead of nine.

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Crime In St. Louis
1:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Crime Down Overall In St. Louis, But Homicides Rise

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Updated at 4:30 p.m. with quotes from Chief Sam Dotson and 2013 neighborhood data.

Despite an increase in the number of homicides, crime was down more than 5 percent overall in the city of St. Louis last year.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released its final numbers for 2013 today. Violent crimes — those committed against individuals— were down by more than 10 percent, while property crimes dropped more than 4 percent.

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Crime
11:36 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Police Chief Calls Transition To Local Control 'Seamless'

Police Chief Sam Dotson, left, and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce look on as Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson talks about the city's "no refusal" policy with drunk drivers. Prosecutors will now seek warrants to draw blood if somebody refuses a breath test.
Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The end of state control of the St. Louis Police Department was literally centuries in the making. But St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the change hasn’t been obvious to city residents. 

  

And that, he said, is a good thing.

“Local control has been a significant step for the metropolitan police department,” Dotson said. “And really, you haven’t noticed anything. It’s been seamless and transparent like it was supposed to be.”

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