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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.

STL Alderman To Propose Reducing Penalties For Pot

Jan 10, 2013
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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.

Autopsy Results In For Mother Found In Car

Jan 10, 2013
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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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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.

Dotson Named New St. Louis Police Chief

Dec 14, 2012
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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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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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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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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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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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For the past year, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and community organizations have held nearly two dozen town hall meetings to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic. Deaths from heroin overdoses continue to decline, but officials say they are seeing an uptick in some age groups.

Through September of this year there have been 45 heroin deaths in St. Louis County, that’s compared to 55 last year.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach sat down with Chief Fitch to talk about their efforts to go after heroin suppliers.

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A former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant whose responsibilities included conducting investigations into the distribution of illegal drugs has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for running his own drug ring - that's almost five years for those of you doing the math.

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For the first time ever, Missouri’s Medal of Valor has been awarded posthumously.

During a ceremony today at the State Capitol, Missouri's highest public safety honor was given to the late Daryl Hall of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  He was fatally shot on April 24th, 2011, while off-duty as he responded to gunfire outside a downtown nightclub.  Hall returned fire and also fatally shot the gunman.  Joseph Love, Hall’s uncle, says he’s not surprised that his nephew put himself in harm’s way to protect others.

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The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners met for the first time since the retirement announcement of Police Chief Dan Isom.  Foremost on the boards’ agenda was establishing a process for vetting and interviewing potential candidates for chief.

Commissioner Richard Gray says the board plans to take a number of steps, similar to those taken when hiring a corporate CEO.  Including such things as a psychological examination to determine leadership skills, looking at old tax returns, and also engaging the public.

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The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says a month of intensive patrols in "hot spots" throughout the city was a major success.

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St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom announced on Monday that he will be stepping down as chief by the end of the year.  Isom will join the faculty of the Department of Criminology at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Isom, 45, took over as chief four years ago following the resignation of Joe Mokwa, who was linked to an illegal tow-lot scandal.

Speaking on UMSL’s campus, Isom said it was hard to move on after 24 years in the department, but the opportunity to teach at his alma mater was too good to ignore.

Activist Groups Rally Against Local Control

Sep 27, 2012
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Proposition A, the state ballot measure to hand control of the St. Louis Police Department back to the city has come under fire from local activists.

A coalition of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP is urging Missouri voters not to vote for Prop A on the grounds that language establishing a citizen oversight board and open access to police records has been stricken from the bill.   

Montague Simmons is a spokesman for the group.  He says they support local control, but not at the expense of accountability.

Suspect in shooting of St. Louis officer captured

Sep 7, 2012
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Will be updated.

A St. Louis police officer is recovering after being shot in the arm. The suspect in the shooting was captured after a manhunt of several hours.

The 30-year-old officer approached a robbery suspect at 1:30 a.m. Friday on North Broadway. Police say that as the officer neared the man, the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire. A bullet struck the officer's arm, but he was not seriously hurt.

Morning headlines: Friday, September 7, 2012

Sep 7, 2012
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Search ongoing for man who shot police officers overnight

St. Louis police are searching for a suspect who shot an officer in the arm. The 30-year-old officer was was not seriously injured. He returned fire and authorities aren't sure if the suspect was injured.

It happened about 1:30 a.m. Friday when the officer approached a man suspected in a recent robbery. Police say that as the officer neared the man, the suspect pulled out a gun and fired several rounds.

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A network of street cameras designed to curb crime is getting some attention in St. Louis City Hall.

21st Ward alderman Antonio French claims the cameras have reduced violent crime in his north city ward by 80 percent.

“When we had 14 homicides in 2010, what had happened was that this was an area where criminals felt they could operate without fear of being arrested or being held to account,” French said. “The cameras changed that.”

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St. Louis police say they're seeing a significant uptick in gun violence in St. Louis, even as crime is down overall.

The department released the latest crime numbers for 2012 at the meeting of its oversight board on Wednesday morning. Aggravated assaults with a weapon are up 19 percent in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Special groups like the Violent Offenders and gang units are targeting individuals with a history of gun violence and possession, police chief Dan Isom said, but that won't solve the entire problem.

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