Tim Fitch

St. Louis County Police
11:32 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Jon Belmar Named Eighth Chief Of St. Louis County Police

New County police chief Jon Belmar (center) after the announcement of his promotion on Jan 31, 2014.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

Updated with additional quotes from Chief Belmar.

A 27-year veteran of the St. Louis County police has been selected as the department's eighth chief.

"I am pleased to announce the selection of Lt. Col. Jon Belmar as the new chief of the St. Louis County police," police board chairman Roland Corvington announced this morning, after about an hour of closed-door deliberation.

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County police
10:28 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Fitch Says Successor As Chief Should Be Mindful Of Politics

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch welcomes police officers from Ecuador who visited county police headquarters. Fitch steps down from his post on Friday.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch may need to make a little room on his wall. 

That’s because Fitch has received two resolutions from the St. Louis County Council celebrating his service – under very different circumstances. The one he received Tuesday commemorates his retirement, which takes effect Friday. (Fitch is starting a consulting company to advise law enforcement groups and companies.)

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County Crime
4:37 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Crime In Parts Of St. Louis County The Lowest In 44 Years

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Crime in the parts of St. Louis County covered by the county’s police department dropped 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to numbers released by the department today.

This is the fifth straight year for a decrease - something St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch called a "great accomplishment."  The latest figures bring the total level of crime to its lowest point since 1969.

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Politics & Issues
12:18 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

St. Louis County Police Chief Fitch Announces Retirement

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 2:15 p.m.,  Friday, Dec. 13

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch has been using his blog to make blockbuster declarations lately, but perhaps none was as stunning as Friday’s post in which he announced his retirement as of February.

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Law Enforcement
2:14 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

St. Louis City, County Police Merge Bomb And Arson Squads

County police chief Tim Fitch (L) chats with his city counterpart Sam Dotson before city police commissioners voted to approve a merger of their bomb and arson squads.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The bomb and arson units in St. Louis city and County are joining forces on July 1 - the latest merger between the two largest police departments in the region.

The 10 officers will still be employees of their own departments, but will now respond to calls throughout the region in two, eight-hour shifts. The arrangement, said St. Louis city police chief Sam Dotson, should almost eliminate overtime costs.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Arming Teachers: St. Louis County Police Chief Responds To Support And Opposition

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says arming school personnel should be considered when discussing ways to improve school safety.

Host Don Marsh talked with Fitch about his proposal, which he made a couple of days after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. 

Fitch acknowledged that there are serious concerns about his proposal but said he hasn’t heard any other ideas for how to address the lag time when someone starts shooting and police can respond.    

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School Safety
4:15 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

St. Louis County Police Chief Defends Idea To Arm Educators

Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

It’s estimated that there are more guns in America than people, and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is defending his idea that arming school personnel should be considered when discussing ways to improve school safety.

Speaking to St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today, Fitch acknowledged that there are serious concerns about his proposal. 

But, the police chief also said he hasn’t heard any other ideas for how to address what he said is a critical gap in time when someone starts shooting and police can respond.    

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Safety
4:25 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Conn. Shooting Prompts Increased Patrols Near St. Louis Schools

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says there will be extra patrols around schools following the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Both St. Louis city and county police are stepping up patrols around schools following the shootings in Connecticut.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the extra patrols began this afternoon and will remain in place until further notice.

Fitch says the department already has 31 school resource officers in districts around the county.

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Heroin
6:14 am
Mon October 29, 2012

St. Louis County Making Progress Against Heroin Epidemic

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

For the past year, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and community organizations have held nearly two dozen town hall meetings to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic. Deaths from heroin overdoses continue to decline, but officials say they are seeing an uptick in some age groups.

Through September of this year there have been 45 heroin deaths in St. Louis County, that’s compared to 55 last year.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach sat down with Chief Fitch to talk about their efforts to go after heroin suppliers.

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Other News
5:59 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

St. Louis County Police help patrol Dellwood

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St. Louis County Police are filling a law enforcement gap in Dellwood as efforts continue to disband the suburb's municipal police force. 

Dellwood's Mayor, Loretta Johnson, requested the county's help while eight of Dellwood's 16 police department positions remain vacant.

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