Dooley: No Opinion About Crime Stats Combination
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says he doesn’t know how he feels about the plan we first told you about yesterday — to lobby the FBI to let the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County report crime stats as one, without actually merging the police departments.
“I’ll have to look at it and see what it means,” Dooley said. “See what it means for the county and the region, and then make a determination at that time.”
It appeared Dooley hadn’t thought much about the topic, despite his police chief telling KMOX that these conversations go back to when Dan Isom was chief of police in St. Louis.
Tim Fitch, St. Louis County Police Chief, said he got on board with the plan because “it’s the right thing to do for the community.”
Chief Sam Dotson stresses that talks are in the early stages.
“I think it makes sense and it puts St. Louis on the same competitive plain as other parts of the country,” he said.
If the city and county stats were combined, St. Louis would rank 42nd in violent crime, and according to the FBI, in 2012 the entire metropolitan area, including the metro east, ranked 91st. St. Louis City is currently ranked 4th most dangerous city in the nation.
St. Louis is perceived as more dangerous than it actually is, the chiefs say, because other cities get to combine their urban and suburban area stats together, while the Gateway City’s political jurisdictions don’t allow that.