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Local Control
4:54 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Signature campaign kicks off for local control initiative

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association (left), and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay sign petitions to let voters decide whether St. Louis should control its own police department.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Police Officers Association are throwing their support behind a voter's initiative proposal that would give St. Louis direct control of its police department.

The Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition is seeking 100,000 signatures by May sixth to put the proposal on this November's ballot. Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, said opponents who argue the bill would limit public oversight and access to records are misleading the public.

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Crime / St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
11:00 am
Thu January 19, 2012

St. Louis police sergeant, brother indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges

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Updated 3:50 p.m.with comments from U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan.

Updated 12 p.m. on Thursday with comments from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Larry J. Davis and his brother Linus R. Davis have been charged with "diverting seized packages containing marijuana for distribution and sale" according to the United States Attorney's Office.

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City crime numbers
5:43 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crime rates continue to decline in St. Louis City

City of St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 5:43 p.m. to include comments from Chief Isom and correction in data.

There's more good news on crime today in the St. Louis area.

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St. Louis County Crime Statistics
10:36 am
Wed January 18, 2012

St. Louis County Police: number of "serious crimes" at 41-year low

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1971: that was the last time the number of serious crimes was as low as it was in 2011 in St. Louis County, a report from the St. Louis County Police Department says.

Here are some of the statistics from the 2011 index crime report:

  • St. Louis County police said Wednesday that crime dropped 2.4 percent in 2011 compared to 2010
  • The county, with a population of about 1 million, had 17 homicides in 2011, matching the number in 2010.
  • Rapes declined 10 percent, vehicle theft dropped by 20.7 percent, arson was down 3.5 percent.

 

Local Control / ACLU
5:16 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

ACLU challenges local police control initiative

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

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri is challenging language on a ballot initiative that would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city.

ACLU Regional Program Director John Chasnoff says the initiative's summary, as it would appear on the ballot, fails to explain how the new law would restrict public oversight and access to records.

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Crime / St. Louis Police
6:12 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

St. Louis Police taking extra precautions following threats

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.
(St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Spray painted threats against St. Louis Police have the department on alert in north city where an officer killed a man Tuesday.

Police shot the man in his car after he allegedly resisted arrest. Graffiti found later on the wall of a nearby restaurant said an officer would be next.

Police Chief Dan Isom says the department is taking extra precautions in the district where the shooting occurred.

St. Louis Police / UMSL
1:00 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

St. Louis police team with UMSL criminologists

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

The St. Louis Police Department is partnering with the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a new crime-fighting initiative.

The partnership announced Wednesday is aimed at reducing crime in part by using criminologists from the university to help implement and evaluate crime reduction initiatives. In fact, an UMSL graduate student will work 20 hours per week at the police department.

Local Control
12:18 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Local control supporters get go-ahead to gather signatures

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Supporters of a ballot measure that would turn control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to City Hall have gotten the go-ahead to start work on getting the proposal in front of the voters.

The decision by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to approve the measure for circulation means local control advocates can start gathering more than 143,000 signatures, which must be collected from multiple districts in the state. They're due on May 6, 2012.

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Citizen Patrol
5:50 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Citizen patrols: residents fighting crime in St. Louis neighborhoods

(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Pelkonen)

St. Louis has been labeled “the most dangerous city in America.” Whether or not that’s actually true depends on who you talk to. But, one thing is for sure: many city residents are fed-up with the high crime rate that has burdened many neighborhoods for decades. Some have stopped blaming the police, instead working with them to address the problem.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports on one man’s crime fighting model that has the city’s top law enforcers singing his praise.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 2, 2011

State Sen. Joe Keaveny has filed legislation that would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s.
St. Louis Public Radio

STL area democrat files local control legislation

The legislation, sponsored by Joe Keaveny, would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s. Thursday was the first day lawmakers could file bills for next year's session, which starts January 4th.  Local control bills failed during both this year's regular and special sessions as they became bargaining chips in the tax credit battle between the House and Senate. 

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