St. Louis Police Department

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.
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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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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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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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