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Fireworks illuminate the sky near the Gateway Arch on the St. Louis riverfront on the last night of Fair St. Louis on July 4, 2011.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

FBI Warning of Terror Attack Heightens Fair’s Security

Fair Saint Louis will have a chain link perimeter fence and plain-clothes police officers to keep the area safe.

07/02/2015

Natalie Williams (Courtesy of the SLMPD)

St. Louis Officer Arrested After Guns, Drugs Found in Search

A St. Louis police officer has been arrested after the FBI and department find guns, heroin and a large amount of cash during a search of a location in the 4500 block of Page Avenue on Tuesday.

06/24/2015

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UPDATED: Zoo Takes Legal Action to Block Gun Protesters

Missouri laws may not allow police to keep the protest outside the Saint Louis Zoo’s walls.

06/12/2015

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Crime On The Rise, Again, In St. Louis

Murder, robbery, burglary, car thefts and assaults all went up double digits last month, as the city’s year-to-date crime report for May shows a total crime increase of 15.5 percent.

06/08/2015

Chief Sam Dotson (KMOX/file photo)

Search On for Police Civilian Review Board Panelists Who Don’t Have Ax to Grind

Some aldermen say they want panel members who don’t have a bias – for or against – the police.

05/15/2015

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Frustrated St. Louis Police Chief Calls for More Officers

At times during the two-hour hearing, Dotson admitted the obvious – that the crime rate in St. Louis has outpaced the ability of the existing police force to keep up.

05/07/2015

The scene of an officer-involved shooting on Ridge at Academy. (Photo: Maria Keena/KMOX)

UPDATED: Officer-Involved Shooting at Ridge and Academy

There has been an officer-involved shooting in the 5000 block of Ridge in the city of St. Louis.

04/27/2015

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Judges’ New Gun Docket Gives Out More Probation Than Prison Time

“We arrest criminals and they say ‘I’m not worried about it. I got paper. I got probation the first time, and I’ll get paper the second time,'” complained a frustrated Police Chief Sam Dotson.

04/27/2015

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear body cameras during a rally August 30, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.  (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Dotson: St. Louis City Can’t Afford Body Cameras

Dotson has set up a committee to look at “best practices” from those already using them, but he says right now the city can’t afford them.

04/20/2015

Police interviewing witnesses of a shooting along the Delmar Loop on Saturday, March 31st, 2012. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Police Form Unit to Stop Nightspot Violence

Rapid Response Team will target popular entertainment districts.

04/03/2015

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