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Circuit Judge John Garvey gives the oath of Police Chief to Colonel Samuel Dotson III during the Badge Ceremony at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis on January 31, 2013. Dotson, 43, an 18-year veteran of the department, was among 11 candidates for Police Chief. Dotson has held the job since January 1, 2013, when Chief Dan Isom stepped down to take a teaching position. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Circuit Judge John Garvey gives the oath of Police Chief to Colonel Samuel Dotson III during the Badge Ceremony at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis on January 31, 2013. Dotson, 43, an 18-year veteran of the department, was among 11 candidates for Police Chief. Dotson has held the job since January 1, 2013, when Chief Dan Isom stepped down to take a teaching position. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Though it’s been a bloody January in the city, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says not to worry.

The Chief says most of the city is safe, it’s just pockets of problems in neighborhoods he calls “challenged.”

“I tell people, unless you’re engaged in a lifestyle that puts you at risk. If you’re going to a hockey game, baseball game, football game, you’re probably not going to be a victim of violent crime.”

Dotson says Chicago is following in St. Louis’ lead, experimenting with hot-spot policing.

KMOX spoke with the Chief just after his swearing in ceremony Thursday night.

“A police officer came to my first grade class, I was six years old, it was the officer friendly program,” Dotson said.

“I got a certificate from him that kind of commemorated the visit. That certificate is on my desk in my office now, and everyday I look at it, and it reminds me of the power, the impact, and the responsibility that we have to influence people.”

Seventeen recently-promoted officers also received their badges at the ceremony.

Several badges are displayed before a ceremony for new Police Chief Colonel Samuel Dotson III  and other promotions on January 31, 2013. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Several badges are displayed before a ceremony for new Police Chief Colonel Samuel Dotson III and other promotions on January 31, 2013. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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