New St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom told his commanders yesterday that leadership failures that led to a variety of scandals that rocked the force in recent years must end. “Someone should have been paying attention, and certainly they weren’t,” Isom said. “In the future, we will know who was responsible, and that will be dealt with.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that avoided criticism of former Chief Joe Mokwa, who abruptly retired July 25 as questions mounted about his role in a scandal involving the department’s contract with a towing company.
Isom, a 20-year department veteran, said he will focus on crime, quality of life issues, community relations and management. He wants to use computer technology to pinpoint crime hot spots and then give the nine district commanders more officers and detectives to work the streets. Isom plans to offer a survey for the public to evaluate the department’s performance. He also wants to push other police leaders into the public eye.