Law and Public Safety

Law and Public Safety

Neighborhood Policing Initiatives

The St. Louis County Police Department and area neighborhoods have joined together in a partnership; a partnership between police and law-abiding citizens to create permanent solutions to problems that lead to crime. This partnership is the foundation of St. Louis County's own philosophy of neighborhood policing. Many features of this partnership are found in the Neighborhood Policing Initiatives listed below.

The links will take you to a short description of the initiative on this page, or to the Web page that more fully describes it.


Program Descriptions

Anti-Gang Unit

The Anti-Gang Unit, supported with information supplied by the G.I.A.N.T. System, conducts street level investigations into gang activity. Drug transactions, graffiti, drive-by shooting targets and violent crime activity are successfully suppressed by this group. Staffing in the unit is provided by Drug Enforcement personnel and officers detached to the unit from municipal police departments.

Bicycle Patrol

Bicycle Patrol offers not only a way to patrol closer to the neighborhoods but offers a remarkable response tool in getting to the scene of calls for service which are in proximity to their sector. Public response to this innovative program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Brochures - Safety and Informational

The St. Louis County Police Department has produced a wide variety of brochures for distribution to the citizens of the County on issues of safety or containing information about the Department that is likely to be of interest. These include information about the goals and values of the Department, safety information for parents, recommendations for what to do if you are stopped by a police officer (in English, Spanish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian), and ways to pass on compliments or register complaints (also in those three languages). The brochures are available to download here, or at every precinct station and neighborhood police station.

Cable TV Show: "On Law and Order"

Cable TV Show: "On Law and Order" - This show was created to give the citizens of St. Louis County the opportunity to call in and talk to the Police Department. The show airs live every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM on all regional cable channels.

Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academies have been developed as a means to inform and educate citizens about police operations, the justice system, and their partnership. Course outlines have been developed for each session, tailored to the age or interests of the group. Check your precinct's newsletters to determine when the next academy is scheduled.

Two websites are devoted to additional news regarding these programs: the Citizens Academy Program site and the Citizens Academy Alumni Association site.

County Watch Program

County Watch is a computerized calling system which can transmit prepared messages to selected groups by telephone. This system allows groups such as Neighborhood Watch to request alert messages be sent to residents in specific areas alerting them of activity in their areas. Contact your Neighborhood Policing Office for more information on how to participate.

Department Organization

Click here to open an organization chart that shows how the St. Louis County Police Department is organized and gives some idea of the resources available. The file will open in a new browser window or tab and requires the prior installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or newer.

Drug Awareness Resistance Program (D.A.R.E.)

D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Awareness Resistance Program, is taught by specially trained and certified police officers to 5th grade students all over the St. Louis County area. St. Louis County Police teach DARE to more students than any other police agency in the State of Missouri.

DNA Testing Facility in Crime Lab

The St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory has the state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained personnel necessary to process evidence and maintain a database for DNA/PCR testing of crime evidence.

Gang Intelligence and Narcotic Trafficking (G.I.A.N.T.)

G.I.A.N.T. is an example of technology and inter-departmental cooperation working directly to combat and discourage gang activity. Gang Intelligence And Narcotic Trafficking, a computer-based tracking system developed by the Department, maintains records on known or suspected gang members identified by officers. This system cross-references names, nicknames, tattoos, graffiti, etc., in a database shared and updated by police departments contributing to the system. G.I.A.N.T. presentations have been made throughout Missouri and before parent groups in many schools.

Gun Buyback Program

The Department has, from time to time, conducted a very successful Gun Buyback Program, sponsored by local businesses who donated resources as incentive to surrender firearms in exchange for their goods or services. More than 800 firearms were turned over to the Department in one instance of this program.

Gun Lock Safety Program

This program is offered to all St. Louis County residents who can prove legal ownership of a concealable firearm. Persons seeking a gun lock must also have ID and may obtain the lock from any precinct station.

The Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force

The Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from participating departments, working at the direction of the Bureau of Drug Enforcement. This task force conducts investigations across the county, in areas identified by local police chiefs, reports of drug activity, Hotline tip calls, etc. The size and long-term commitment of this task force allows investigations to be conducted with adequate personnel and resources to safely accomplish the mission.

Neighborhood Policing

The St. Louis County Police Department's top priority is to deliver the most professional service to the community. All Department personnel are expected to commit to this goal, but going a step further, the Department has Neighborhood Policing Officers (NPOs) at every precinct to act as implementors of our strategy of locally-focused, pro-active service. Neighborhood Policing is a philosophy of service, attitude, professionalism and concern. Problem solving, diverse service needs, intervention and deterrence are all integral parts of this approach which provides a full spectrum of solutions to St. Louis County.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is the nation’s premier crime prevention and community mobilization program and St. Louis County Police actively encourages the establishment of Neighborhood Watch associations. Citizens interested in starting or finding a program should contact their local precinct or neighborhood station and ask for a Neighborhood Policing Officer to assist. Click here for a list of stations, with addresses, telephone numbers, and maps.

Neighborhood Police Stations

The St. Louis County Police Department has 14 neighborhood police stations to complement the seven precinct stations. These 21 stations are located to put your neighborhood police officer closer to you, and you closer to your station.

Operation S.A.F.E

Operation S.A.F.E. is a program developed to protect the elderly from victimization and provide assistance in emergencies. This is accomplished through the use of computer telephone contacts with single or infirmed persons, and standardized storage of medical records for emergency access. Postal workers, utility service personnel, delivery services and neighbors form the watch network, and in addition, police officers check on previous victims of abuse.

Project 48

Project 48 was introduced by the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy to area departments, offering guidelines for the continuing development of in-service officers. By offering a broad spectrum of topics, divided into four general areas of essential police study, officers were encouraged to take 48 hours of classwork directly relating to their assignment every three years. Hundreds of skills enhancement programs, for both line and staff positions, have been developed or sought out from respected sources to ensure growth at all levels of the Department. This program was the model used in formulating the new State-mandated POST requirements for certified police officers.

Random Drug Testing

Committed to ensuring a police agency staffed with personnel fit for duty and capable of performing their mission, as well as maintaining the public's confidence, the St. Louis County Police Department expanded the drug testing policy to include a Random Drug Testing program. In addition to testing based upon reasonable suspicion, all police officers and specified civilian personnel must submit to random, unannounced testing.

Resident Officer Program

This program is for St. Louis County police officers who are assigned to the Division of Patrol. The officers utilize the same marked patrol car, both on duty as well as off duty to serve the community. The availability of additional radio responsive officers during their off duty time has greatly impacted our ability to provide the best service possible to the citizens of St. Louis County. These officers must reside in St. Louis County, be a voluntary participant, and agree to comply with program guidelines.

S.A.F.E. Schools Hotline

The S.A.F.E. Schools Hotline provides an opportunity for any child, parent or concerned neighbor to leave a confidential message about possible criminal activity or other concerns that may affect the quality of education our children receive. The hotline—314-889-SAFE (7233)—is available 24 hours a day and services over one million residents. It reflects a cooperating partnership with over 50 local school districts and neighboring police departments. A brochure with additional information is available by clicking here, and are available at every precinct and neighborhood police station.

School Resource Officers

School Resource Officers are placed, on request, in individual secondary schools to act as liaison between the administration and the Police Department. The interaction between police, schools, parents, and students has greatly improved communications and understanding of the roles of police in society and when intervening in the school environment.

SKYWARN Program

Over 500 trained weather observers make up the Skywarn Program. They report all severe weather to the County Emergency Operations Center. The reports are then given to the National Weather Service to better assist them in reporting severe weather in a timely manner in order that lives may be saved. More information can be found at the SKYWARN Website.

Specialized Patrol Services

The St. Louis County Police Department offers Specialized Patrol Services tailored to meet specific and sometimes unique needs of individual communities. This custom tailoring of service ranges from a full complement of command and patrol personnel to the deployment of a permanently assigned neighborhood police officer or the creation of directed patrol assignments that include day, night and holiday checks or businesses, homes of vacationing citizens or other specialized enforcement deemed necessary by the municipal officials or citizens of the community.

Teen Police Academy

Teen Police Academies are offered by the various precincts as a means to inform and educate local teenagers about law enforcement and the justice system. Course outlines have been developed for each session, tailored to the age or interests of the group. Teen groups receive information about dealing with issues by which they are most often confronted, resistance strategies, problem resolution, etc. Check your precinct's newsletters to determine when the next academy is scheduled.



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