St. Louis County Police Department

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St. Louis County Police Department
Common name St. Louis County PD
Abbreviation SLCPD
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Patch of the St. Louis County Police Department.
Motto To Serve and Protect
Agency overview
Formed 1955
Preceding agency St. Louis County Sheriff's Office
Employees 1,100
Annual budget $87,561,609 (2010)[1]

$87,673,800 (2011)[2] $90,086,400 (2012) [3]

Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of St. Louis in the state of Missouri, United States
jurisdiction of St. Louis County Police Department
Size 524 sq mi (1,360 km2).
Population 1,001,444 (2013 Census)
Legal jurisdiction St. Louis County, Missouri
Governing body St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners
Constituting instrument Yes
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 7900 Forsyth Boulevard St. Louis, Missouri 63105
Sworn members 801
Unsworn members 252
Chief of Police responsible Colonel Jon Belmar
Agency executives
  • Lt. Colonel Troy Doyle, Commander of the Division of Patrol
  • Lt. Colonel Michael Dierkes, Commander of Division of Special Operations
  • Lt. Colonel Kenneth Gregory, Commander of the Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Mr. William Howe, Executive Director , Division of Operational Support
Precincts 7 Precincts, 12 sub-stations
Helicopter/Airplanes 6 Helicopter, 1 Fixed Wing
St. Louis County Police Department official website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) is the primary and largest law enforcement agency serving St. Louis County in the U.S. state of Missouri. The current Chief of Police is Colonel Jon Belmar. According to the Charter of St. Louis County, the county police chief has all of the criminal law enforcement duties of the sheriff of St. Louis County, except for the operation of the St. Louis County Jail, which is handled by the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services (civilian), court bailiff and service of civil process. Court bailiff/civil process duties are provided by a court-appointed sheriff and his employees, none of whom have law enforcement powers.

This change in law enforcement services occurred in 1955, when the St. Louis County Charter was amended by the voters to restrict the duties of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. The position of elected sheriff was eliminated. St. Louis County is one of two counties in Missouri that does not have an elected sheriff. With the charter amendment, all law enforcement services were assigned to a new police agency, the St. Louis County Police Department. The department is primarily responsible for law enforcement and investigations within unincorporated St. Louis County and contract municipalities, however, it has full police authority throughout the county, including its 91 municipalities which are also served by 58 local police departments, some of them very small.[4] Additionally, St. Louis County police officers are authorized to enforce Missouri law in all counties in the state having a government of the first classification, which includes the independent City of St. Louis. Chief Jon Belmar was appointed to the position of Chief of Police on January 31, 2014 by the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.

Departmental history[edit]

The St. Louis County Police Department was established in 1955. The department was created with 95 officers and 18 civilian employees.[5] The department is divided into four divisions: Patrol, Operational Support, Special Operations, and Criminal Investigation. It is the third largest local police agency in the state, the only county police department in Missouri and one of only a few in the United States. The SLCPD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA is the only international body that accredits law enforcement agencies. Only seven percent of all U.S. law enforcement agencies are accredited. In 2010, CALEA recognized the St. Louis County Police Department with it distinguished Tri-Arc Award. The Tri-Arc Award is reserved for those police agencies that have successfully accredited their law enforcement services, police academy and communications division. Only six agencies in the world have achieved this status.

Division of patrol[edit]

The SLCPD is divided into seven police precincts, two of which are contracted cities, Fenton and Wildwood (5th and 6th). Each precinct's cars are issued plates with a letter corresponding to the assigned precinct. On November 1, 2010, the SLCPD took command of the City of Jennings Police Department under contract. The agency contracts with another 16 municipal governments to provide full-time police protection. Although the agency has full police authority of the sheriff in the entire county, including all municipalities, direct service population for the SLCPD is over 400,000 residents. A majority of these 400,000 residents are located in South St. Louis County and Affton, both of which are unincorporated but heavily populated and suburban. The division fields 33 School Resource Officers (SRO) to various school districts in the county. A volunteer Reserve Police Unit provides uniformed support to the division. The Division of Patrol is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Troy Doyle.

County Police Precincts

  • 1st- North County (Plates: A)
  • 2nd- Central County (Plates: B)
  • 3rd- Affton Southwest County (Plates: C)
  • 4th- South County (Plates: D)
  • 5th- City of Fenton (Plates: F)
  • 6th- City of Wildwood (Plates: G)
  • 7th- West County (Plates: H)

Vehicles marked with plates "T" are Tactical Unit vehicles or are used for the Tactical Unit; vehicles with plates "E" are for administration, D.A.R.E., K-9 Units, MetroLink, or other special non-patrol units. [6][7]

Office of the Chief of Police[edit]

Chief Belmar speaks to reporters - Feb 2015

The Office of the Chief of Police is considered one of the divisions in the St. Louis County Police Department. This division makes up one of the five divisions in the department.

The Office of the Chief of Police has five positions

  1. Chief of Police: Colonel Jon Belmar (appointed to the position of Chief of Police on January 31, 2014 )
  2. Deputy Chief: Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Cox
  3. Administrative Aide: Sergeant Matt Redmond
  4. Municipal Services Unit: Lieutenant John Blake
  5. Media Relations: Sergeant Brian Schellman
  6. Intelligence Unit: Captain Busalaki

Division of special operations[edit]

St. Louis County Police K9 Unit.jpg

In 2004, the St. Louis County Police Department, the St. Louis Police Department, and the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department joined together to share resources and created the Metro Air Support. Metro Air Support, as of July 2, 2007, boasts 6 helicopters, 1 fixed wing airplane, 6 pilots, and 8 Crew Chiefs.[8]

In addition to Metro Air Support, the Division of Special Operations staffs a full-time Tactical (SWAT) Unit consisting of 21 members, as well as nine K-9 Units trained to detect narcotics, locate missing persons and apprehend suspects. Special Operations is also responsible for entrance security at the County Jail, Family Court and St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton, the Crisis Intervention Team, DARE, Highway Safety Unit, Chaplains, MetroLink Unit, and the Office of Emergency Management. The Division of Special Operations is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Dierkes.

Division of criminal investigation[edit]

The SLCPD has the largest investigative unit in the state. Nearly 200 detectives provide county-wide services for the crimes of homicide, child abuse, St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit, domestic violence, sexual assault, fugitive apprehension, auto theft, burglary, fraud, robbery, drug abuse, and child exploitation. The SLCPD also has a full-time ASCLAD-Lab accredited Crime Laboratory, Intelligence Unit, Fingerprint Unit, Prisoner Conveyance Unit, Crime Scene Unit (CSI) and Polygraph Unit. The Division of Criminal Investigation is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Gregory.

Division of operational support[edit]

The SLCPD provides a wide range of support services for the department and community which include the following:

  • Fiscal Services (budget)
  • St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy (CMPA)
  • Planning & Analysis Unit
  • Bureau of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs)
  • 911 (Communications) Center
  • Computer Services Unit
  • Sex Offender Registration Unit
  • Central Police Records Unit
  • Vehicle & Supply Unit
  • Staff Inspections Unit
  • Office Services Unit

The Division is commanded by the highest ranking agency civilian, Executive Director William Howe.

Commissioned/sworn positions[edit]

The SLCPD uses the following ranks.

Officers with the power of arrest.

Title Insignia
Chief of Police
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Lieutenant Colonel
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Police Officer
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Probationary Police Officer
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Civilian (non-sworn) positions[edit]

  • Civilian Any non-supervisory employee that is not commissioned.
  • Supervisor Non-commissioned employee equal to rank or pay grade of commissioned Sergeant or Lieutenant
  • Director Non-commissioned employee equal to rank or pay grade of commissioned Captain
  • Executive Director Non-commissioned employee equal to rank or pay grade of commissioned Lieutenant Colonel

Board of Police Commissioners[edit]

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners is responsible for the operation of the department . The Board sets policy, makes promotions, holds both closed and open meetings and coordinates with the Chief of Police in providing police services to the citizens. Four of the five members of the board are selected by the County Executive, following approval of the County Council, with the County Executive serving as the sixth member.As provided in the St. Louis County Charter, the St. Louis County Police Department operates under the control of a civilian board of commissioners appointed by the County Executive with the approval of a majority of the County Council. Commissioners serve overlapping three year terms.

As of 2015, the membership is:Board of Commissioners

Member Title Party
Roland J. Corvington Chairman
T.R. Carr Vice-Chairman
Laurie L. Westfall Secretary
Lawrence M. Wooten, Sr. Board Member

Line of duty deaths[edit]

To date, the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) lists nine line of duty deaths in the St. Louis County Police Department. The Officer Down Memorial Page also reported that 4 were from gunfire, 2 from heart attacks, 1 from being struck by a vehicle, and 2 as the result of vehicular assaults (Vehicular Homicide).[9]

Officers killed in the line of duty:

Detective Wayne Bradford McClelland

  • End of Watch: April 17, 1975
  • Tour of Duty: 9 Years
  • Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Officer James R. Reifschneider

  • End of Watch: April 30, 1977
  • Tour of Duty: 16 Years
  • Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Officer Robert T. Jordan

  • End of Watch: May 16, 1981
  • Tour of Duty: 19 Years
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire

Officer Kenneth A. Koch

  • End of Watch: October 26, 1984
  • Tour of Duty: 18 Years
  • Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Detective Lawrence J. McCormack

  • End of Watch: April 14, 1989
  • Tour of Duty: 22 Years
  • Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Officer JoAnn Virginia Liscombe

  • End of Watch: January 14, 1991
  • Tour of Duty: 16 Years
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire

Officer Willie Neal Jr.

  • End of Watch: January 29, 1997
  • Tour of Duty: 6 Years
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Officer Thomas G. Smith Jr.

  • End of Watch: December 5, 1997
  • Tour of Duty: 3 Years
  • Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle

Sergeant Richard Eric Weinhold

  • End of Watch: October 31, 2000
  • Tour of Duty: 20 Years
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire

SLCPD Gallery[edit]

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°39′00″N 90°20′20″W / 38.64987°N 90.33892°W / 38.64987; -90.33892