St. Louis Police Department

Firefighters /Police Officers
6:17 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Slay ties firefighter pension reform to police cuts

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says firefighter pension costs have gone up by more than 500 percent in the last 10 years.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says cutting the fire department’s pension costs will enable the city to take 30 police jobs off the chopping block.

The Board of Police Commissioners voted Monday to hold onto 30 of the 80 police positions this year’s budget eliminates through attrition, but only if a pension reform bill is passed by the Board of Alderman.

Slay says the bill, which requires firefighters to pay more into the system and prevents full retirement benefits until age 55, would save the city more than $8 million.

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Morning Round-up
7:03 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, May 31, 2012

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St. Louis Police debate workplace representation

Next month, St. Louis City police sergeants are set to decide who will represent their interests at work, and the St. Louis Police Officers Association says it is the best option on the table.

At a meeting last night, members of the St. Louis Police Officers Association made their case to sergeants.To punctuate their point they brought in Chuck Canterbury, the National President of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Morning round-up
6:18 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, May 28, 2012

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Todd Epsten dies; former president of the Board of Police Commissioners was chair of the state's largest liquor distributor

The former head of the appointed board that oversees the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has died.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Todd Epsten, who was the chairman of liquor distributor Major Brands, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 52.

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Overtime lawsuit
12:47 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

St. Louis police sergeants sue for overtime pay

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Six police sergeants with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department have filed a federal lawsuit seeking three years of overtime pay they say they were illegally denied.

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Morning round-up
8:20 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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St. Louis police express concerns with cameras in patrol cars

Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking ways to avoid driving patrol cars equipped with cameras over concerns that footage from the cameras is being used against them.

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Other News
5:29 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

St. Louis City looking to cut costs, eliminate redundancy for city services

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 Board of Commissioners have approved a plan to reduce the number of city police districts.

The city currently operates a total of nine districts that were established back in 1962.

But Police Chief Dan Isom says the department had twice as many officers back then and more than twice the number of citizens to serve.

“In the last 30 years we’ve lost about 1,000 officers,” Isom said.  We used to have 2,200 officers, now we’re down to about 1,300 officers.  But the slots for those command structures are still the same.”

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Morning round-up
6:34 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Police chief outlines plan to preserve patrol officers despite cuts

The St. Louis police chief says he’ll reduce the department’s command structure and turn some desk jobs currently held by officers over to civilians in an effort to blunt the impact of budget cuts.

Chief Dan Isom unveiled his budget plan to a Board of Aldermen committee yesterday.

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Crime / St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
11:44 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Former St. Louis officer pleads guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges

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A former St. Louis police sergeant has pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges for seizing packages containing marijuana, then working with his brother to sell the drug.

Morning Round-up
6:58 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 23, 2012

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Police investigating explosive device at downtown federal building

St. Louis police are trying to find the person who threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown.

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Public Safety
2:55 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Mayor Slay: Police department needs to lose 80 officer positions

About 1,300 officers serve on the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis City officials says 80 officer positions must be cut from the city's police force to offset the department's rising pay, health care and pension costs. 

Police Chief Dan Isom and Mayor Francis Slay support eliminating the jobs through attrition. 30 positions, funded through federal grants, would end this year, when those grants are slated to expire.

Mayor Francis Slay says despite a 45 percent increase in police spending since he took office, spending for retirement benefits is out of control.

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