St. Louis Police Department

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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Hotspot policing
5:49 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Department Calls 'Hotspot Policing' A Success

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

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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Isom to leave police department
12:08 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

St. Louis Police Chief Isom Leaves To Take Post At UMSL

Left to right, UMSL Chancellor Tom George, Criminology Dept Chair Finn-Aage Esbensen, Chief Dan Isom, and Mayor Francis Slay
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Local Control
5:36 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Activist Groups Rally Against Local Control

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

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.

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Developing: Officer Shot
11:37 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Suspect in shooting of St. Louis officer captured

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

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 round-up
9:34 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, September 7, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

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.

KC Bishop found guilty of shielding priest

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Crime
5:26 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Street cameras being considered in wake of increases in gun-related crime

Crime camera being used in 21st Ward
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

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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