ST. LOUIS, Mo. July 15, 2014 – Pastor B. T. Rice, president and chairman of the St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence (SIRV) announced today that Dr. Dan Isom, secretary of the board, will serve as the interim executive director. Dr. Isom’s appointment was approved by the SIRV Board. He will serve in this role while a staff search is underway.
Dr. Isom is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Policing and the Community at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He is the retired Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department-City of St. Louis.
“I can’t think of a better choice to lead SIRV during this period. Dan brings not only a wealth of knowledge to the organization, but a true drive to end violence in our communities,” Pastor Rice said.
SIRV’s vision is to increase community safety, engage youth in new ways to foster trust, and increase the quality of life for youth, families and the entire community by reducing violence.
“I’m honored to have this role with SIRV, as we continue to work to reduce violence in our communities, and I’m excited to see just how big an impact we can make,” Dr. Isom said.
SIRV was formed two years ago by Pastor B. T. Rice. The group has an extensive Board and working groups in several areas aimed at reducing violence, especially gun violence, among young people. The group is concentrating on District 6 in the City of St. Louis and in Jennings, in St. Louis County, at the current time.
Dr. Isom received a bachelor’s, master’s and a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also holds a master's in public administration from St. Louis University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, and the Police Executive Forum Senior Management Institute.
All of SIRV’s programs are made possible by caring individuals in the community and by grants from St. Louis Civic Progress and the St. Louis County Police Department. To donate to SIRV, to work on behalf of reducing violence among young people, visit www.SIRVstl.org.