Metropolitan Police Department, City Of St. Louis
Metropolitan Police Department, St Louis
Common name St Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Abbreviation SLMPD
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Patch of the Metropolitan Police Department, St Louis
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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 1808
Preceding agency St Louis Police Department
Employees 1,763 Full-Time (2016) [1][2]
Annual budget $ 134,762,395 mil. USD [FY 2017] [3]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of St. Louis in the state of Missouri, United States
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Jurisdiction of the St Louis Police Department
Size 69.98 sq mi (181.2 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 1,292 [1]
Corrections and Civilians 471 [2]
Elected officers responsible
Agency executives
Parent agency City of St. Louis
Divisions
Bureaus
Facilities
Areas
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
Notables
Anniversary August 7, 1846
Website
St. Louis Police Department official website
Footnotes
* 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 Commissioner of Police is Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence M. O'Toole, 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..

Departmental History

The Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis was established in 1808, only five years after the establishment of St. Louis. The department was created with only four officers, who received no pay. Able-bodied men age 18 and older were required to patrol for four months of the year. This was the only police system for the next 10 years. Refusal to serve on patrol carried a fine of $1.[5] The Metropolitan Police Department has seen many changes since its inception 209 years ago.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis is to protect, serve and assist citizens when conditions arise that may affect the well being of the individual or the community. Cooperating with others in the community, officers will work to prevent and detect crime, protect life and property and achieve a peaceful society, free from the fear of crime and disorder. Members of the Department will strive continually for excellence and maintain the peace through service, integrity, leadership and fair treatment to all.[6]

Organization

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

  • Office of the Assistant Chief of Police
  • Bureau of Neighborhood Policing
  • Bureau of Community Engagement
  • Bureau of Investigation
  • Bureau of Professional Standards

Office of the Police Commissioner

The Police Commissioner serves as the senior sworn member of the SLMPD .Lawrence M. O'Toole is the 35th individual to hold the post, which prior to 1806 was known as the Chief Inspector and before that as Chief of Police.

Bureaus

The Department is divided into Four bureaus, which are typically commanded by a uniformed Deputy Chief (such as the Lieutenant Colonel).The bureaus fit under Three umbrellas: Enforcement, Community Engagement, Operations, Bureaus are often subdivided until smaller divisions and units.

Bureau Commander Description Subdivisions
Bureau of Neighborhood Policing Lt. Col. Gerald Leyshock The Bureau of Neighborhood Policing is made up of more than 1,000 commissioned officers and civilian employees. It includes the 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 Lt. Col. Michael Caruso 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 bureau oversees 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 Community Engagement Lt. Col. Ronnie Robinson In April 2015, the Department, announced the formation of the Community Engagement and Organizational Development Division (CEODD), an office focused on strengthening relationships between the department and the citizens we serve. The CEODD was formed to meet the needs of policing in the 21st century and to ensure equal and respectful treatment while providing the highest quality of service to citizens. The bureau comprises St. Louis Police Athletic League, St. Louis Police Explorers, Coffee with a Cop, Citizens Academy, Crime Stoppers, MetroLink Unit, Operation Polar Cops (SLMPD Ice Cream Truck).
Bureau of Professional Standards Lt. Col. Rochelle Jones The Bureau of Community Policing is made up of more than 1,000 commissioned officers and civilian employees. It includes the Six police districts, district detectives, Crime Analysis Unit, Housing Unit and Police Officers assigned to the Circuit Attorney's office as investigators.


The SLMPD uses the following ranks, as dictated by State Statute.[7]

The structure of the Senior Command staff of The Police is:[8]

Title Insignia Uniform Badge Style
Commissioner of Police
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White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Assistant Police Chief 3 Gold Stars.svg White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Lieutenant Colonel
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White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Major
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White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Captain
US-O3 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Lieutenant
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White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Sergeant
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Blue shirt, blue pants Silver & Gold Badge
Detective
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Blue shirt, blue pants Silver badge
Patrol officer
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Blue shirt, blue pants Silver badge
Recruit officer
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Tan shirt, tan pants None

Media

The Homicide Detectives of SLMPD featured in A&E's reality series The First 48.[9]

Fleet

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. As of 2017 it was reported that the department would be getting new 9mm Beretta pistols to replace the currently issued aging Beretta 92D. [10]

Fallen Officers

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,[11] 93 of them from gunfire,[12] 38 from automobile-related incidents, and three from heart attacks.[12] 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
1
Automobile accident
9
Assault
6
Electrocuted
5
Fall
3
Gunfire
89
Gunfire (accidental)
4
Heart attack
3
Motorcycle accident
9
Struck by streetcar
7
Struck by train
2
Struck by vehicle
7
Structure collapse
2
Vehicular assault
10
Total
170

Bureau of Enforcement

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

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

The full-time SWAT consists of 39 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

The SWAT Section is the region's only fully dedicated Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and maintains a high degree of readiness to serve the Department in a variety of situations. Eighteen police officers, two sergeants and a captain maintain 24-hour readiness to meet the tactical or special needs of our Department or any requesting agency. The Unit is capable of dealing with hostage situations, armed and barricaded subjects, suicidal persons and executes all search warrants issued in St. Louis City. Other duties include dignitary protection such as Presidential motorcades, crowd control, coordinating large-scale ground searches, and funeral escorts for prominent citizens and honor guards at funerals and other special functions. The SWAT Section continually updates and maintains the latest in tactical equipment, technology and training, enabling it to successfully complete any mission in the safest manner possible, thus retaining its rich tradition of being one of the finest tactical units in the nation.

Special Operations Investigators

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)

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

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

Organization

SLMPD provides law enforcement services to Three Area stations throughout the City of St.Louis:[13]

  1. Central Area Patrol Division (Districts 3,4)
  2. North Area Patrol Division (Districts 5,6)
  3. South Area Patrol Division (Districts 1,2)

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

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 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 Fairground, 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 JeffVanderLou, 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

In 2004, the St. Charles County 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.[14]

Public Transportation Unit

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

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 Division

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

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

Real Time Crime Center

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

  • 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

  • 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

Force Investigation Unit

The Force Investigative Unit (FIU) was established in September 2014 as the entity responsible for the criminal investigation of all officer-involved shootings. The FIU investigates all officer-involved shootings occurring within the City of St. Louis involving commissioned officers of the Metropolitan Police Department, as well as commissioned officers of any other jurisdiction. Before the initiation of the FIU, the department researched and visited several other police departments to ensure the best policies and practices were implemented. The FIU consists of a lieutenant and four detectives dedicated solely to investigating officer-involved shootings. The team responses directly to the scene of each incident, allowing detectives to conduct a thorough investigation of the case. Under the new policies, once the FIU's investigation concludes, the case is then turned over to the Circuit Attorney's Office for review.[15]

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Police

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Office of the Police Commissioner

  • 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

See also

References

External links


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