ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In one week, St. Louis City will officially have local control of its own police department as a state police board dissolves.
In the wake of allegations of corruption on the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says there will be safeguards put in place to make sure the same problems don’t occur in his city.
“Mayor Slay is a very ethical person and I don’t think that situation would ever happen but it’s my duty and my responsibility to protect the integrity and reputation of the police department in the city of St. Louis and anytime I think anything is criminal or inappropriate, it is my duty and my responsibility to stand up and say so,” Dotson says.
Slay insists there will be transparency in all police processes, following the same guidelines as all other city departments.
Earlier this year, SM Mechanical was awarded a $3.75 million subcontract to install the ventilation system in a new St. Louis County crime lab. The company is co-owned by then-Police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone, a political appointee of County Executive Charlie Dooley.
A federal subpoena issued last week calls for “any and all documents, records, and materials relating in any manner whatsoever to the construction of the St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory in Clayton, Missouri.”
Dotson says he would have no problem blowing the whistle if such problems were happening in the city.
“I think it’s my duty and my responsibility, not only for the police officers but for the community, that anytime that happens I stand up with a very loud voice and say that I think this is inappropriate,” the chief says.