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   We should know by the end of the week who will replace retiring St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.

   Friday is Fitch's last day on the job and the county police board is expected to name his replacement at that time.  

   Fox 2 News is siting unnamed sources as say the field has been narrowed to three candidates: Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Cox, Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division; Lieutentant Colonel Kenneth Gregory, who leads the patrol division; and the head of special operations, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Belmar.  

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   There's an ill wind blowing at the new St. Louis County Police crime lab.  Literally.  

   St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the new ventilation system is delivering "hurricane-like" gales and persistent dripping water that could contaminate evidence in criminal cases.  Fitch tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that that hasn't happened yet, but the potential is there.  

   This is the second controversy for ventilation system.  It was installed by SM Mechanical, a company owned by former police board chairman Gregory Sansone.  The $3.7 million sub-contract led to an FBI investigation and Sansone's resignation from the board.  

   Public works officials and the contractor both say bugs like this are normal with new construction.  The repairs are covered under warrantee.

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Crime statistics for St. Louis County have been released and police chief Tim Fitch is pleased with the results. Serious crime in the areas under protection of the St. Louis County Police Department has decreased in 2013 from that of 2012.
Index crime statistics comparing 2012 to 2013 in unincorporated St. Louis County and the municipalities served by County officers show an overall reduction of 7.4 percent.
The 2013 report represents an overall crime reduction for the fifth straight year, and the lowest crime total since 1969.
There were eight homicides reported in both 2012 and 2013, but the number of rapes increased
by 126-percent.  Officials say this is due to the Justice Department collecting data using a new definition of rape, which was a revision to the Uniform Crime Reporting’s 80-year-old definition.
The new definition broadens the scope of the previously narrow definition of rape.
Meanwhile, robbery decreased by 6-percent and aggravated assault decreased by just over one percent.
Other statistics show a reduction in arson by over 26-percent, larceny decreased by 8.4 percent and motor vehicle theft decreased by 25 percent. Burglaries were also down over 3 percent.
Chief of Police Timothy Fitch stated, "I am very proud of our patrol officers, detectives and support personnel because this decrease emphasizes their continued dedication and commitment to the community. It is a great accomplishment to have a reduction in crime reported from the previous year, and to have a lower number for our fifth year in a row is an even greater accomplishment. Our emphasis has been and will continue to be to ensure the safety of everyone within St. Louis County."
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   St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is asking the FBI to help in the investigation of suspicious financial dealings at the county health department.  Chief Fitch has asked the FBI to conduct a forensic investigation into the financial records involving former health department administrator Ed Mueth.  

   County police are trying to determine if Mueth had co-conspirators when he allegedly used a bogus computer company to steal millions of dollars from the county before committing suicide.  

   Chief Fitch says his department has received hundreds of pages of subpoenaed records and wants to question dozens of people over Mueth's financial dealings.

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   Nearly 1,800 people have died from heroin overdoses in the St. Louis area since 2007.  St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch believes his department can do more to cut the numbers.  

   Fitch says when overdose calls come in, police arrive first on the scene about 30 percent of the time.  That's why he's asking the county health department to write a prescription allowing officers to carry naloxone, also called Narcan.  It's a fast-acting antidote for overdoses on opiates, like heroin and morphine.  Police in some other U.S. cities are already using it to treat overdose victims before EMTs arrive.  

   Fitch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that equipping each car with two-doses is affordable, costing the department about $1,500.  

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:05

Police urge extra vigilance on Halloween

With Halloween just a couple of days away, St. Louis County Police want to remind residents to make it a time of treat rather than trick.  

Police are urging people to remember that Halloween is a time of high pedestrian and vehicle traffic and to remain cautious and aware while enjoying any festivities.

Officials say some important tips include, driving slowly through neighborhoods and having children stay in large groups as there is safety in numbers.

Staying in lighted areas is also a safety precaution.

County police chief Tim Fitch says they are offering Halloween Safety Centers and extra patrols throughout every precinct on Halloween night.

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