Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis

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Metropolitan Police Department, St Louis
Common name St Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Abbreviation SLMPD
Flag of St. Louis, Missouri.svg
Flag of the City of St. Louis
Motto Service, Integrity, Leadership, and Fair Treatment to All
Service moris Ductu et aequi Omnibus (Latin)
Agency overview
Formed 1846
Employees 2,250 Full-Time (2016) [1][2]
Annual budget $127,740,004 mil. USD [FY 2016] [3]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of St. Louis in the state of Missouri, United States
Size 65.98 sq mi (170.9 km2)
Population 319,294 (2016)
Legal jurisdiction St. Louis, Missouri
Governing body City of St. Louis
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 1915 Olive Ave. St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Police Officers 1,319 [1]
Corrections and Civilians 548 [2]
Elected officers responsible
Agency executive Colonel Lawrence O'Toole Sr, Acting Commissioner of Police
Parent agency City of St. Louis
Justice Centers City Justice Center 200 S.Tucker Blvd.St.Louis Missouri
Marked and Unmarkeds Chevrolet Tahoes, Chevrolet Impalas and Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycles
Police Boats 0
Helicopters 3
Planes 4
Horses 12
Canine Units 12
Anniversary August 7, 1846
St. Louis Police Department official website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
Note: [1]

The Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) is the principal law enforcement agency responsible for serving City of St. Louis in the U.S. state of Missouri. The department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The current Interim Police Chief is Colonel Lawrence O'Toole Sr, who was named to the position on April 19, 2017.[4] The Metropolitan Police Department is a division of the St. Louis Department of Public Safety. Metropolitan Police Department is the Second largest City Police agency in Missouri, based on number of employees, city population, and geographic area served..


The Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis is headed by Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole Sr. The SLMPD's organization consists of the Office of the Chief of Police and Five bureaus. These include:

  • Office of the Assistant Chief of Police
  • Bureau of Enforcement
  • Bureau of Community Engagement
  • Bureau of Operations
  • Bureau of Investigation & Support

Each bureau is headed by an Lieutenant Colonel & Deputy Commander.

The SLMPD uses the following ranks, as dictated by State Statute.[5]

The structure of the Senior Command staff of The Police is:[6]

Title Insignia Uniform Badge Style
Police Commissioner
4 Gold Stars.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Assistant Police Chief 3 Gold Stars.svg White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Lieutenant Colonel
US-O6 insignia shaded.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
US-O5 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
US-O3 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
US-O2 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
MPDC Sergeant Stripes.png
Blue shirt, blue pants Silver & Gold Badge
Blue shirt, blue pants Silver badge
Patrol officer
Blue shirt, blue pants Silver badge
Recruit officer
Tan shirt, tan pants None


The Homicide Detectives of SLMPD featured in A&E's reality series The First 48.[7]


The SLMPD utilizes a variety of vehicles, including the Ford Police Interceptor (CVPI), the Dodge Charger, the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2500 series, the Chevrolet Impala 9C1, the Chevrolet Caprice, the Ford Police Interceptor (sedan), the Ford Police Interceptor (utility), and the Ford F-150 and F-250. Both regularly marked and slicktop vehicles are used frequently. Each officer is issued the Beretta 92D 9mm handgun which has been standard issue since 1992.

Fallen Heroes[edit]

From April 28, 1836, to Apr 13, 2016, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported that 170 officers in the St. Louis Police Department died in the line of duty,[8] 93 of them from gunfire,[9] 38 from automobile-related incidents, and three from heart attacks.[9] Many families of those killed in the line of duty get support from BackStoppers, a local charity.

The causes of death are as follows:

Cause of deaths Number of deaths
Aircraft accident
Automobile accident
Gunfire (accidental)
Heart attack
Motorcycle accident
Struck by streetcar
Struck by train
Struck by vehicle
Structure collapse
Vehicular assault

Bureau of Enforcement[edit]

Bureau of Enforcement is made up of more than 1,000 commissioned officers and civilian employees.

  • 6 Patrol Districts
  • DEA Task Force
  • Traffic Safety Unit
  • Aviation Unit
  • SWAT Section
  • Canine Unit
  • Public Transportation Unit
  • Nuisance/Problem Property Unit
  • Park Rangers
  • Crime Analysis Unit
  • Housing Unit
  • Tactical Operations Division

Bureau of Investigation & Support[edit]

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Support includes Crimes Against Persons and Property as well as Tactical and Support Operations.

It includes:

  • Homicide Division
  • Crimes Against Persons/Property
  • Child Abuse/Domestic Abuse Response Team
  • Juvenile Division
  • Circuit Attorney's Office Unit
  • St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit
  • Fraud/Cyber Crimes Unit

SWAT Section[edit]

The full-time SWAT Section consists of 36 officers, 3 Sergeants and 1 Commander.

The Bureau of Enforcement, which also contains SLMPD's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, contains Three platoons of specially-trained police officers.

Became SWAT Section in 2010 It consists of as a Full-time team from within the department and deal with situations such as:

  • Hostage situations
  • Barricaded subjects: Armed subject(s) barricaded against arrest
  • Barricaded subjects: Armed subject(s) threatening suicide and a threat to others
  • Heavy arrest: Arrest of multiple armed felons in a fortified location
  • Patrolling high crime areas
  • Details
  • Civil Disobedience Team
  • Serving warrants
  • Providing assistance to investigators in solving major crimes
  • SWAT(Special Weapons And Tactics) also is responsible for executing high-risk search warrants such as on violent offenders suspected to be armed or a threat to officers or the public, etc. SWAT members are selected from a roster based upon their attitude, job performance, and athletic ability. All members must maintain a high level of proficiency in special weapons training and tactics.

the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the SLMPD, provides the Department with 24-hour coverage necessary for immediate response to barricaded suspects, snipers, crisis and hostage negotiations, potential suicide-related situations, and other high-risk incidents. Rapid deployment, surprise, extensive tactics training and thorough planning are all parts of successful SWAT operations. SWAT currently operates the Lenco B.E.A.R. and two smaller Lenco BearCat and one MedCat armored rescue vehicles

Special Operations Investigators[edit]

The Special Operations Investigators will be commanded by an officer who will report directly to the Commander of the Bureau of Enforcement & Investigation Support. The Special Operation Teams will identify and conduct investigations into specific problem areas of criminal behavior within the City.

Narcotics Control Assistance (NCAP)[edit]

Narcotic Control Assistance Investigators will be commanded by an officer who will report directly to the Commander of the Bureau of Enforcement & Investigation Support. The Narcotic Control Assistance Investigators will assist in the investigation of violent offenders, drug traffickers, and others who are committing felony offenses in the City of St. Louis.

DEA Task Force[edit]

The DEA Task Force Investigators will be commanded by an officer who will report directly to the Bureau of Enforcement & Investigation Support. The DEA Task Force Investigators will work as liaisons with the DEA in enhancing drug investigations, with the specific intention of obtaining Federal prosecution of defendants when the criteria is established.

Division of Patrol[edit]

The SLMPD has six districts, which are further divided into three area stations

In the City of St Louis, there are six "patrol districts" (more commonly known as just "districts") which lie under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Enforcement Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis

South Patrol Division Central Patrol Division North Patrol Division
District 1 District 3 District 5
District 2 District 4 District 6
SPD Detective Bureau CPD Detective Bureau NPD Detective Bureau

In the City of St Louis, there are six "patrol districts" (more commonly known as just "districts") which lie under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Enforcement Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis

Division of Patrol-2[edit]

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6
Bevo Mill, St. Louis Botanical Heights, St. Louis Benton Park, St. Louis Carr Square, St. Louis Academy, St. Louis Baden, St. Louis
Boulevard Heights, St. Louis Cheltenham, St. Louis Benton Park West, St. Louis Columbus Square Central West End Mark Twain
Carondelet, St. Louis Clayton/Tamm, St. Louis Compton Heights Cascade Heights DeBaliviere Place Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial, St. Louis
Carondelet, St. Louis Clifton Heights, St. Louis Fox Park, St. Louis Covenant Blu-Grand Center, St. Louis Fountain Park, St. Louis North Point, St. Louis
Holly Hills, St. Louis Ellendale, St. Louis Gravois Park, St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis Hamilton Heights, St. Louis North Riverfront, St. Louis
Mount Pleasant, St. Louis Forest Park, St. Louis Kosciusko, St. Louis Downtown West, St. Louis Kingshighway West, St. Louis O'Fallon, St. Louis
Patch, St. Louis Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis Lafayette Square, St. Louis Fairgrounds Park, St. Louis Lewis Place O'Fallon Park
Princeton Heights, St. Louis Franz Park, St. Louis Lasalle, St. Louis Hyde Park, St. Louis Skinker/DeBaliviere, St. Louis Penrose, St. Louis
Dutchtown, St. Louis Hi-Point, St. Louis Marine Villa, St. Louis Jeff Vander Lou, St. Louis The Ville, St. Louis Penrose, St. Louis
South Hampton, St. Louis Kings Oak, St. Louis McKinley Heights, St. Louis Midtown, St. Louis Vandeventer, St. Louis Walnut Park East, St. Louis
Lindenwood Park, St. Louis Peabody/Darst/Webbe, St. Louis Old North St. Louis, St. Louis Visitation Park, St. Louis Walnut Park West, St. Louis
McRee Town, St. Louis Soulard, St. Louis St. Louis Place, St. Louis Wells/Goodfellow, St. Louis College Hill, St. Louis
North Hampton, St. Louis The Gate District, St. Louis Near North Riverfront, St. Louis West End, St. Louis Fairground, St. Louis
Shaw, St. Louis Tower Grove East, St. Louis College Hill Fairgrounds, St. Louis Greater Ville, St. Louis Greater Ville, St. Louis
Southwest Garden, St. Louis Kingsway East, St. Louis Kingsway East, St. Louis
St. Louis Hills, St. Louis North Riverfront, St. Louis
The Hill, St. Louis
Tiffany, St. Louis
Tower Grove Park, St. Louis
Tower Grove South, St. Louis
Wilmore Park, St. Louis
Wydown, St. Louis
Skinker, St. Louis

Aviation/Metro Air Support Unit[edit]

In 2004, the St. Charles Police Department, the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis, and the St. Louis County Police 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.[10]

Public Transportation Unit[edit]

The Metropolitan Police Officers, assigned to the Public Transportation Unit, are responsible for providing a safe environment on the MetroLink trains, platforms and adjoining parking facilities for their patrons and employees. The officers accomplish this by being visible at these locations and enforcing city ordinances and state laws.

During special events near the MetroLink, such as Cardinals baseball games, Blues hockey games, conventions at the America’s Center, and concerts at Scottrade Center, the officers provide an increased presence to ensure the safety of the larger crowds of MetroLink patrons.

Operation Polar Cops[edit]

In July of 2016, the Metropolitan Police Department unveiled Operation Polar Cops ice cream truck. The truck is operated by the Community Engagement/Organizational Development Division (CEODD) and provides free ice cream treats at various locations throughout the City of St. Louis. The mission of Operation Polar Cops is to cultivate positive interactions between our officers and the citizens we serve.

Traffic/Mounted Unit[edit]

The Mounted Patrol Unit operates as part of the Traffic/Mounted Division. Mounted Patrol is responsible for patrolling the nearly 1300 acres of Forest Park on a 24-hour basis. They assist with crowd control at major events and represent the Department in annual parades in St. Louis.The Mounted Patrol operates with three sergeants,fourteen officers, three civilians and four horses.

History of the Mounted Patrol[edit]

On March 18, 1867, the Missouri Legislature passed a law which allowed for the creation of the Mounted Patrol Unit within the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The original unit consisted of 16 officers who patrolled throughout the city. The Unit grew quickly to 52 horses, and in 1893 the Mounted Police moved to Forest Park where the Planetarium is currently located. The early 1900s brought many changes to the Mounted Patrol Unit. As cars were developed, many people considered horses to be a thing of the past. In 1931 the Department sold 20 of its 30 remaining horses as officials said horses were “too slow to combat modern crime.” The remaining horses were moved to a stable at Fifteenth and Spruce and were primarily responsible for parking enforcement and traffic control. In April 1948, the Mounted Patrol Unit was officially abolished in favor of the modern day vehicle.

In 1970, more than 100 years after the Mounted Patrol Unit was originally established, St. Louis Mayor A.J. Cervantes made a proposal to the Board of Police Commissioners to establish the Mounted Patrol Unit. Cervantes had studied Mounted Units in cities across the country and believed a revived Mounted Patrol would be beneficial to the city. A year later, a newly reorganized Mounted Patrol Unit was established in its current location in Forest Park. A former airplane hangar was used as the unit’s headquarters which was staffed by 12 Police Officers and 10 horses.

Park Rangers Unit[edit]

Real Time Crime Center[edit]

In May 2015, Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis (SLMPD) Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) was unveiled at Police Headquarters located at 1915 Olive. The RTCC is manned with Commissioned Police Officers 24-hours a day and 365 days a year.

The RTCC took over the functions of the SLMPD Command Post, quickly becoming the technology and information center for the SLMPD. There are currently 8 Commissioned Officers and 1 Commissioned Sergeant assigned to the RTCC on a full-time basis.

Bureau of Operations[edit]

  • Major Rochelle Jones - Deputy Commander - Bureau of Operations
  • Major Michael Caruso - Deputy Commander - Bureau of Operations

To provide the necessary support services required by various units of the Department. Such services will include providing radio communications to various sectors of the City of St. Louis, the receipt and dispatch of calls, processing of prisoners, records procedures, criminalistic services, firearms identification, technical arts, processing of evidence, identification, and property/evidence custody, storage, and disposition.

Bureau of Operations[edit]

  • Internal Affairs
  • Force Investigation Unit
  • Private Security
  • Police Academy
  • Evidence Management & Auxiliary Services
  • Property Custody
  • Communications
  • Laboratory
  • Communications Service Center
  • Telephone Reporting
  • Warrant/Fugitive
  • Records
  • Prisoner Processing
  • Circuit Attorney Inv/Court Liaison
  • City Marshals
  • MCSAP Unit

St.Louis Airport Police[edit]


Office of the Police Commissioner[edit]

  • Administrative Staff
  • Command Post
  • Intelligence Division
  • Public Information Division
  • Information Technology Division
  • Planning and Research Division
  • Operational Planning Unit
  • Special Projects/Community Outreach Unit

Office of the Assistant Chief[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]