Updated with comments from the Foundation's board president.
St. Louis police chief Dan Isom got an unexpected present today at the annual luncheon of the St. Louis Police Foundation - a $3 million check.
When it's combined with department resources, the donation makes it possible to turn the old Wells-Fargo building at 1915 Olive Street into a new headquarters. The department's current facility, and 1200 Clark Ave., is almost 85 years old and needs about $70 million in repairs.
The St. Louis Police Department will soon have at its disposal an "Armadillo." Like the one from the Peoria police department pictured here, the St. Louis Armadillo will be bullet-proof, graffiti-proof and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.
Credit (photo courtesy of the Peoria (Ill.) police department)
The homicide unit of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is getting a little bigger.
The Board of Police Commissioners at its meeting today approved adding 10 detectives to the unit. Four of them have been serving with the division on a temporary basis, and the six others will be selected from among the city's 900 patrol officers.
Theft of material like copper tubing that can be sold for scrap pushed burglaries in St. Louis city up 11 percent from last year, though St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says increased manpower has reversed an upward trend.
St. Louis Police Officer, and U.S. Marshals Task Force Officer Jeff Helbling delivers remarks during a memorial service for Deputy U.S. Marshal John B. Perry on March 13, 2011. Helbling was wounded in the March 8 attack that killed Perry.
It’s been a bloody year for cops around the country. Already, dozens have been killed in the line of duty. In St. Louis, two law enforcement officers have been killed. Some in the criminal justice field say assaults against police officers are high in St. Louis and they worry that attitudes against police here are getting worse.
In the first of a two-part series, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach explores the dangers police officers face today and spoke with some people living in higher crime neighborhoods about how they feel about their police.