St. Louis Police Department

New police headquarters
3:01 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

St. Louis Police Foundation secures money to rehab new department HQ

The old Wells-Fargo building on Olive in downtown is the new headquarters for the St. Louis police. On Tuesday, the department received a $3 million donation to make the needed renovations.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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Police Armadillo
2:02 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

St. Louis police to get new "Armadillo" tool for targeting problem properties

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.
(photo courtesy of the Peoria (Ill.) police department)

This fall, the St. Louis police department will be getting help conducting surveillance on problem properties from an armadillo.

No, not the hard-shelled mammals you see scattered on highways in the Southwest.

This Armadillo is a former armored car that's been made bulletproof, given a graffiti-resistant paint job, and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.

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St. Louis Police /Homicide detectives
2:50 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

St. Louis police to add 10 homicide detectives

(St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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Crime
10:30 am
Mon July 4, 2011

STL Police make 2 arrests for car break-ins

St. Louis Police arrested Michael Paynes and Calvin M. Willis Saturday night in connection with 20 car break-ins near Union Station June 29, 2011.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.

St. Louis police have arrested two men in connection with 20 car break-ins near Union Station on June 29th. 

Calvin M. Willis, 25, is charged with 2nd degree assault, 1st degree tampering and resisting arrest.

Michael Paynes, 23, is charged with 2nd degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

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New parking lot rules
10:02 am
Wed June 29, 2011

New city rule will require attendants at parking lots

(via Flickr/raleighwoman)

An "angry and frustrated" St. Louis mayor Francis Slay is responding to last weekend's rash of car break-ins with proposed new rules for the owners of downtown lots.

Vandals broke into at least 60 cars in the downtown St. Louis area Friday night, stealing purses and GPS units. Police say there were no attendants at some of the lots to report the crimes. And Slay wants that to stop.

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Scrap metal
4:33 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Dispute over method of payment delays first vote on scrap metal

The First Unitarian Church in the Central West End has been hit by copper thieves five times in three months. Aldermen on Wednesday delayed voting on new restrictions on scrap dealers in the city.
(Screen capture via Google Maps)

Scrap yard owners, the police, and St. Louis city aldermen have a week to hammer out a deal on legislation the city's police department says will cut down on the rising number of metal thefts in the area.

The legislation would put several new restrictions on the owners of scrap yards, including:

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Police Commissioners
3:51 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Extra patrols help police tackle burglaries

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.
(via Flickr/MinimalistPhotography101.com)

St. Louis police say stepped-up patrols and a change in patrol tactics have brought a recent upward trend in burglaries back down.

Overall, burglaries are up in the city 11 percent since last year, driven by a large jump in the theft of material that can be sold for scrap, like copper pipes.

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Officer Down Series
5:50 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Officer Down: how St. Louis area police try to stay safe and reach out

"Sam Safety," (left) along with St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom visit students at Cote Brilliant School. "Sam" is the Department's mascot for the "Officer Friendly" community outreach program.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

Federal and local officials are worried about the number of law enforcement officers killed so far this year. Yesterday, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach looked at the scope of the problem.

Today, she explores what St. Louis area police do to stay safe on the streets and how they’re trying to build better relationships with the people they serve.

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Officer Down Series
5:50 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Officer Down: does rise in police deaths indicate deteriorating police-community relationship?

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.
(UPI/Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals)

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.

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Girl Shot on Playground
12:31 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Girl shot on playground in St. Louis dies, man charged with murder

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Updated at 3:19 p.m. June 8 to add information about murder charge

Previously we told you about a shooting just southwest of downtown St. Louis that left a seven-year-old girl in critical condition.

Sadly, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting has taken a fatal turn.

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