The last several months have been a busy and emotional time. Everyone has worked hard and performed well in some very stressful situations.
During normal times we would be preparing for a holiday, giving thanks and spending time with our family and friends.
This year things are different. This year we are charged with the responsibility of providing the safety for those who call St. Louis home during a particularly trying time in our history.
Even though this is a busy and unprecedented time, please know that your efforts are producing results. It's a very old story in law enforcement that you never get credit for what you prevent. Still, you know and I know that whatever has happened and whatever will happen next, this city is immeasurably safer with you on the job, more than it could ever be without you. Civilization is a fragile thing. It takes thousands of years to build and only moments to place in peril. The people who protect it in those moments are called the police.
One thing about extraordinary circumstances like these, is that they leave no doubt for what, and to whom, this city should be thankful. So let me be the first to say what millions of people are rightly thinking.
Thank you all. Thanks for everything you do, for everything you risk, for everything you sacrifice, for everything you endure and for everything you accomplish.
During this holiday our time at home will be limited, but I want to take a moment to thank you for the job you do and to wish you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Chief Sam Dotson