Monday, October 6, 2008

Hello St. Louis!

Today, I landed my dream job—Chief of Police. I was born and raised in the City of St. Louis. Growing up in North St. Louis, I always knew I wanted to dedicate my life to making my City better. I joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1988 and started doing work that was more fulfilling than I ever imagined it could be.

Every police officer has a philosophy of policing. Mine is simple—push resources to the neighborhoods so officers can rapidly respond to crime. The Chief of Police gets a lot of the attention, but it’s the men and women who are on the streets everyday who make this department what it is. Over the next few months, I will be coming to neighborhoods to meet many of you, and to introduce you to the officers in your area. Knowing the people who patrol your streets makes a difference.

It’s no secret that I’ve got my work cut out for me and I’ve got a lot of plans that I’ll be sharing with you in this blog in the months to come.

The men and women of this Department have a lot to be proud of, and I’m proud to say that I work with some of the finest police officers in the country. That being said, we’ve also got a lot of work to do.

I look forward to meeting you and I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am to be the 33rd Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department.

I promise I will make you proud.

Chief Daniel Isom