It was a crowded agenda for the five members of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners today. Here's a recap of some of the main agenda items:
B0th police chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay are downplaying a jump in the crime numbers in January.
The report released today shows total crime was up 23 percent last month compared to January 2012. There were 11 murders last January, and 15 this year.
The City of St. Louis released its annual crime statistics on Wednesday.
The numbers show a 12.4 percent decrease in so-called “Part One” crimes, such as murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and vehicle thefts.
The total number of murders committed in 2012 was 113 (the same as the previous year)
2013 will also be the first year for a new definition of rape, which has been broadened to include victims of same-sex assault.
Police Chief Sam Dotson says the new definition will create a more accurate picture of sex crimes in our city.
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