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Sam Dotson, St. Louis Police Chief

Sam Dotson, St. Louis Police Chief

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Police Chief-designate has met with school officials following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

While no changes will be implemented immediately, Captain Sam Dotson calls the meeting “productive.”

“We had a roundtable discussion at police headquarters with the senior commanders, the leadership team at the police department, St. Louis Public Schools, the Archdiocese, and charter schools to really talk about what their needs are,” he said. “That’s really going to be our focus. We’re going to come back later in January with some training.

“And it was really a great conversation because, rather than tell the schools ‘this is what you need,’ we asked them ‘what are your needs and what do we need to do?’ Let’s find out what the consensus is, what we can do to make things better, what people want us to do to help. We may not always agree but we’re going to at least listen.”

Dotson did not directly address a proposal by the National Rifle Association to place an armed police officer within each school.

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