Daniel Isom

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Daniel Isom
Born (1967-03-13) March 13, 1967 (age 50)
St. Louis, Missouri, Missouri, U.S.

Officer of the Month

Award of Excellence
Police career
Department Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis
Badge number Chief of Police
Allegiance City of St. Louis
Country  United States of America
Years of service 1988–2013
  • 1988: sworn in as an officer
  • 1995: Sergeant
  • 2002: Captain
  • 2007: Major
  • 2008: Chief of Police
  • 2013: Retired

Daniel Isom was appointed St. Louis' 33rd Chief of Police on October 6, 2008, and is St. Louis' third African-American police chief.[1]

Career and education[edit]

He joined the St. Louis Police Department on August 29, 1988. During his career, he served in patrol, investigations, training, and internal affairs positions. Promoted through the ranks, finally to Major in 2007, he worked as the Special Projects Assistant to the Chief of Police until his promotion to Chief of Police.

He previously served as an adjunct professor at Harris Stowe State University and an instructor at St. Louis Community College where he taught criminal justice, criminology, and public safety courses.

He has received a Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Forest Park Community College-St. Louis, a Bachelor’s, Master’s and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, all from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from St. Louis University.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Forum Senior Management Institute and the FBI National Executives Institute.

Eisenhower Fellowships selected Daniel Isom as an U.S.A. Eisenhower Fellow in 2013. He traveled to Ireland and Germany for four weeks to study training and community policing in Europe.

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics selected him as a IOP Fellow in 2016.[2] Isom delivered a series of seminars on police community relations and the future of policing in America.

Life after police chief[edit]

After retiring from the St. Louis Police Department, he took a teaching position on January 1, 2013 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). He is now an E. Desmond Lee Professor of Policing and the Community in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at UMSL.[3]

In August 2014, he was appointed as Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety in the Cabinet of Governor Jay Nixon.[4] On November 18, 2014, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed the Ferguson Commission – a volunteer group of 16 diverse community leaders to listen to and engage with area organizations, national thought leaders, institutions, experts and citizens.[5] Isom was appointed as a commissioner and served as the co-chair of the commission task force on police community relations.


Police appointments
Preceded by
Joe Mokwa
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Succeeded by
Doyle Sam Dotson III