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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”