Chief Isom Makes Final Roll Call as Search For New Chief Continues

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - It was an emotional day for St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.  He answered his final roll call Tuesday afternoon at the police department. 

Several politicians and top police brass from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were on hand for the ceremony.  The chief's last official day with the St. Louis Metropolitian Police Department is January 1st but Tuesday was his final roll call.

Chief Isom was honored for his 24 years of service to the police department.  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay presented him with a proclamation recognizing his years of service. He received accolades from officials, police officers and citizens who recognized him as a great leader and a man of integrity and effectiveness. 

It was pointed out that crime has dropped 27 percent in St. Louis since Isom became chief four years ago.  The chief said he is leaving with unfinished business but he believes he has put the department on the right track for the next chief.

Chief Isom is retiring from the police department for a position as a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  And his advice for the next chief is to eat well, get rest and surround yourself with good people.

The search for a new chief is well underway.  The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners hopes to name a new chief by the end of the year.

The board invited residents to keep sharing what they wanted to see in their new chief.  You can email your comments to

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