St. Louis to Get 50 More Cops Thanks to Federal Stimulus


The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will grow by at least 50 new officers over the next three years.

Today the city was granted $8.6 million in federal stimulus dollars to fund the additional cops. The city currently has 1,290 police officers and could end up adding 65 more by the end of the summer with the use of the federal dollars and city matching funds.

In a news conference today, Chief Dan Isom said overall crime in the city had dropped by 12.4 percent in '09 and will continue to drop with the addition of extra police.


Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.