St. Louis Police Department

Joplin Tornado
12:56 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

SLPD sends 60 officers to Joplin

St. Louis police officers load their gear into a van as they prepare to leave for Joplin.
Maria Altman St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Police Department is sending 60 police officers down to Joplin to help as the city recovers.

The officers leave Wednesday and will be there for a week.

They’ll be working 12-hour shifts dealing with traffic control, check points, and manning squad patrols through the impacted area.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Tim Reagan says the officers all volunteered for the work.

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St. Louis Police Department
5:08 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

St. Louis police sign collective bargaining agreement with City Hall

Members of the St. Louis Police Board of Commissioners and Mayor Francis Slay sign the police union contract.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis City police officers have entered into a first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the city.

Jeff Roorda is a former state representative and current business manager for the police union.  He says the agreement removes the main barrier the department had against local control.

“We’ve resisted city control for years and that was because we needed to have a place to resolve our differences and in the past that’s been the state legislature," Roorda said. “Now, we have a union contract and arbitration where we can resolve those differences.”

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Shooting
3:24 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Man charged in shooting of 7-year-old girl

Elvis C. Smith, 48, faces five felony counts for the accidental shooting of a seven-year-old during an argument over drugs.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

A 48-year-old north St. Louis man faces five felony counts for his role in a shooting just southwest of downtown that left a seven-year-old girl in critical condition.

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St. Louis Police Department
4:48 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

St. Louis Police Board reaches agreement with Police Officers' Association

Police commissioner Richard Gray listens as St. Louis mayor Francis Slay speaks in support of a collective bargaining agreement for the city police department. The contract passed on Tuesday.
(Rachel Lippmann/ St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners has reached a collective bargaining agreement with the St. Louis Police Officers' Association.

It's a three-year deal that locks in salaries, benefits and department operating procedures. Mayor Francis Slay called the hard work it took to reach the deal worth it.

"I think it gives us a good opportunity to have a stronger partnership and to work together more closely for a better department and one that helps us address crime and other issues in the city of St. Louis," he said.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Missouri Senate Monday night stopped just short of approving legislation to restore local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Missouri Senate Stops Short of Approving Local Control of St. Louis Police Dept.

Missouri senators have embraced a proposal that would allow St. Louis to control the city police force, ending the state's Civil War-era oversight of the department.

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Officer Killed
4:19 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Final respects paid to slain St. Louis police officer

Officer Daryl Hall.
(Courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Together with mourners, members of the St. Louis Police Department paid final respects to Officer Daryl Hall this morning at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Hall was shot and killed while trying to break up an off-duty incident last weekend.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the tragedy underscores the sacrifice officers are asked to make, even while off duty.

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St. Louis Police Department
2:23 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

St. Louis police chief Isom out of the running for Chicago job

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

Last week, St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom confirmed that he was in the running to become the next superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

But today, that seems to have changed.

The Chicago Police Board says two members of the city's police department and the police chief in Newark, N.J. are the three finalists to become Chicago's next police superintendent.

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sTL police local control
6:20 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

STL Police local control legislation still awaits Mo. Senate action

Two bills continue to sit in the Missouri Senate that would restore local control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, despite last week’s announced agreement between Mayor Francis Slay (D) and the Police Officers Association.

The compromise would give police officers collective bargaining rights, preserve police pensions, and preserve officers’ ranks, salaries and benefits once they become city employees.  There would also be a no-strike clause.

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Officer killed
1:11 pm
Sun April 24, 2011

St. Louis police officer killed trying to break up gunfight

Officer Daryl Hall
(courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

A St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer was killed early this morning after being shot while trying to break up a gunfight that had erupted outside a club where he was a patron.

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Jail Escape
10:11 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Two inmates escape from downtown jail

The two escapees, David White (l) and Vernon Collins.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Updated 12:10 a.m. Saturday:

Mayor Francis Slay reports that second inmate, Vernon Collins, has been captured.

Updated 4:19 p.m.:

According to KSDK, David White has been captured in St. Louis.

Updated 9:55 a.m. with comments from Commissioner Gene Stubblefield

City corrections commssioner Gene Stubblefield provided the following details about Collins' and White's escape:

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