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7:52 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Good News In St. Louis Crime Statistics

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

When the 2012 crime statistics were reported last week, there was good news in both St. Louis City and the portion of St. Louis County patrolled by St. Louis County Police. 

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St. Louis on the Air
3:24 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

New SLMPD Chief On Developing Relationships, Major Issues

Chief Sam Dotson
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Sam Dotson is the new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

He comes to the position after spending about twenty years with the Department.

Dotson joined host Don Marsh for a wide-ranging discussion.  They talked about taking the reins of the St. Louis Police Department as it prepares to transition to local control and about making the force one which is fully up to speed on 21st century policing practices.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
7:43 am
Thu January 10, 2013

STL Alderman To Propose Reducing Penalties For Pot

Credit (via Flickr/peter.a_photography)

A St. Louis alderman wants the city to reduce the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Alderman Shane Cohn plans to introduce a bill Friday that would allow St. Louis police to send people with a small amount of marijuana to municipal court. Currently, marijuana offenders are charged under state laws.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the municipal violation would bring a fine of $100 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. The proposal also would exempt anyone from another state who has a prescription for medical marijuana.

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Crime
7:29 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Autopsy Results In For Mother Found In Car

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Police Department will take part in an investigation into who killed Ebony Jackson, the mother of a baby found early Friday morning in Breckenridge Hills.

Jackson's body was in the trunk of her car Tuesday, which was located in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an autopsy performed Wednesday revealed that Jackson was shot in the head.  

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Civilian review
3:45 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Chief Dotson Will Pursue Civilian Review Boards For Police Department

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says he wants to implement a civilian review board in the city of St. Louis.

Sam Dotson officially took over as chief on Tuesday. The former operations director for Mayor Francis Slay replaces Dan Isom, who retired.

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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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Chief Isom
5:57 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Praise For Police Chief Isom At His Final Roll Call

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (at right) speaking about St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom (at left) on Dec. 4, 2012. Isom will be leaving the post to take a position at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The praise was widespread, and the plaques and gifts many on Tuesday as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies gathered at the headquarters of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to pay tribute to Chief Dan Isom.

Isom is retiring in January to take a position with the criminology department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Isom, who has been chief since October 2008, has his bachelor's, masters and doctorate from the school.

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Local control
11:16 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Creation Of A Municipal Police Force Begins Today

City Hall (foreground) and police headquarters (background).
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The process of turning control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department over to City Hall begins today.

Ald. Craig Schmid, the chair of the public safety committee at the Board of Aldermen, will introduce the bill in which the city accepts "responsibility, ownership and liability as the successor-in-interest for contractual obligations, indebtedness and other lawful obligations of the Board of Police Commissioners."

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Crime stats
4:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Gun Crimes Continue Downward Trend In City

The side of a St. Louis Metropolitan Police patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis police chief Dan Isom says aggressive policing efforts are continuing to bring down the rate of aggravated assaults and other gun crimes in the city.

Isom's analysis came during his monthly report on crime numbers to the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners. Overall, crime in the city is down 12.7 percent from last year.

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St. Louis Metropolitan Police
5:08 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Which Of These Police Officers Will Be St. Louis' Next Chief?

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Following the announcement last month that St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom would resign to take a job at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, the names of those vying to take his place were announced today by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Here they are (listed with last name first, followed by rank, and in alphabetical order):

1. Caruso, Michael (Capt.)

2. Dotson, D. Samuel (Capt.)

3. Edwards-Fears, Mary (Capt.)

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