St. Louis police say they're seeing a significant uptick in gun violence in St. Louis, even as crime is down overall.
The department released the latest crime numbers for 2012 at the meeting of its oversight board on Wednesday morning. Aggravated assaults with a weapon are up 19 percent in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Special groups like the Violent Offenders and gang units are targeting individuals with a history of gun violence and possession, police chief Dan Isom said, but that won't solve the entire problem.
A six-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department is suspended without pay after being charged with first-degree burglary.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Andrew Perez was reportedly intoxicated when he unlawfully entered a home around 4 a.m. Sunday while off-duty. Perez allegedly thought the home he was entering was that of a friend.
Police say Perez left when the homeowner confronted him, but the homeowner called police.
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.
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.
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.”