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):
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.