Homicide Division

The Homicide Division investigates cases where a victim is killed as a result of the actions of another person. Investigators in the Homicide Division also respond when a death may not be immediately apparent to be a homicide but the death is considered suspicious.

About the Homicide Division

Homicide Detectives Picture 1Homicide Detectives are available on a 24-hour basis to respond to incidents. The moments and hours immediately following a homicide are often the most important for investigators. Detectives will examine the scene of the incident, locate and interview witnesses, speak with family members or friends who may have relevant information and work concurrently with other units in an attempt to develop suspect information. The investigations are complex as Detectives work to ensure they can present a strong case to the Circuit Attorney’s Office for prosecution.


Homicide Terms

Homicide Detectives Picture 2UCR: Uniform Crime Reporting, a program used by the FBI to accurately measure crime across the country. It determines the criteria used in classifying crimes.

Clearance Rate: The ratio of reported cases to cleared cases. A “cleared” case is one where investigators have determined who is responsible for the crime and the person has either been arrested or arrest is not possible because the suspect is deceased, incarcerated elsewhere etc.. It should be noted that should a crime occur in one month or year and the arrest is made in a subsequent month or year, the month or year of arrest is the month or year of clearance according to FBI clearance guidelines.

Issue Rate: The ratio of cleared cases to cases where warrants (charges) are issued by the Circuit Attorney’s Office.

Homicide Division

Contact Information

Tips on homicides can be submitted directly to our Homicide Division by sending an email to homicidecoldcase@slmpd.org or you can call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371.

To report a tip call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS

2024 Homicide Statistics (PDF)- Updated Daily

2023 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2022 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2021 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2020 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2019 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2018 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2017 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2016 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2015 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2014 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2013 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2012 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2011 Homicide Statistics (PDF)

2010 Homicide Statistics

2009 Homicide Statistics

Data on Firearms and Homicides (PDF)

UCR Handbook (PDF)

The Homicide, Ministers & Community Alliance (HMCA) assists families who are coping with the homicide of a loved one. For more information, Homicide Ministers Webpage.