St. Louis Police Department

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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Heroin
6:14 am
Mon October 29, 2012

St. Louis County Making Progress Against Heroin Epidemic

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

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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Drug Conspiracy
12:25 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Former St. Louis Police Sergeant Gets Almost Five Years In Drug Case

(via Flickr/neil conway)

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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posthumous Medal of Valor
6:06 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Slain St. Louis Police Officer Receives Medal of Valor

A portrait of SLMPD officer Daryl Hall, who was killed in the line of duty on Apr. 24th, 2011. Hall was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor on Oct. 11, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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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St. Louis Police
4:25 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

St. Louis City Beginning Process Of Selecting New Police Chief

(L-R) Commissioner Tom Irwin, Mayor Slay, Chief Isom, Commissioner Erwin Switzer, and Commissioner Richard Gray
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

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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