St. Louis Chief Isom: Downsize Command Staff to Restore Patrols


Facing budget cuts, St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom is proposing to reduce the city's nine police districts and downsize his command staff to restore as many as 50 of perhaps 100 officers being cut from patrols, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Right now we're locked into a framework that was set back in the 1960s when we had a different police department and a different community, and we need to make our department more consistent with the reality we have today,” Isom said.

Isom plans to move about 30 officers to the street from various desk positions within the department — such as the property custody unit — and eliminate 30 to 50 positions from the rank of sergeant and above through redistricting.

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