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Mayor Lyda Krewson and other leaders join Ethical Society of Police at free community forum to discuss selection of new St. Louis Chief of Police

ST. LOUIS, MO – Mayor Lyda Krewson and other officials from the City of St. Louis, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CACR), and the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform and Accountability (NCLEOJ) will join the Ethical Society of Police (E.S.O.P.) at a free community forum to discuss selection of the next St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department chief of police. The forum will be held this Thursday, June 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.

Reddit Hudson of the NCLEOJ will host the forum. Panelists include Richard Frank, St. Louis City Director of Personnel; John Chasnoff, co-chair of CACR; and Sgt. Heather Taylor, president of E.S.O.P.

In addition to the selection process, panelists will discuss how the new chief of police can achieve police accountability; and the impact that Prop P, the St. Louis County sales tax that will add more than 100 police officers to their force, will have on the hiring and retention of SLMPD officers. Forum attendees will be invited to participate in an anonymous survey about the chief of police selection process.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has formed a 13-member Citizen Advisory Committee to guide the search for a new police chief to replace Police Chief Sam Dotson, who announced his retirement on Mayor Krewson’s first day in office.

The Ethical Society of Police (E.S.O.P.) is an association of St. Louis police officers whose mission is to bridge communications between the community and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD). Founded in 1968 by African American police officers to address racial biases within the SLMPD, the E.S.O.P. works to improve community/police relations, develop policies and programs to reduce crime, elevate the status of minority civilians and police officers, encourage greater minority employment by law enforcement agencies, and increase professionalism in law enforcement. Membership is open to all races and includes nearly 250 law enforcement professionals employed by the City of St. Louis. For details, visit,, or call (314) 690-3565.

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