Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis

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Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's logo
Seal of the SLMPD
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's patch
Patch of the SLMPD
Common nameSt. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
MottoService, Integrity, Leadership, and Fair Treatment to All
Servicio, integridad, liderazgo y trato justo para todos (Spanish)
Agency overview
  • August 7, 1808 (1808-08-07)
  • (212 years ago)
EmployeesIncrease 1,865 full-time (2019) [2]
Annual budget US$$233,978,556 million [FY 2020] [3]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction St. Louis, Missouri, United States
STL Neighborhood Map.PNG
Jurisdiction of the St Louis Police Department
Size66.0 square miles (171 km2) (total) (land)
Population302,838 (2018) [4]
Legal jurisdictionAs per operations jurisdiction
Governing body Public Safety Department - City of St. Louis
General nature
Headquarters1915 Olive Downtown West, St. Louis
Police OfficersIncrease1,319 (2019) [3]
Corrections and CiviliansIncrease564 (2019) [3]
Commissioner responsible
Agency executives
Parent agency Public Safety Department - City of St. Louis
Division & Units
Area Patrol Stations
Justice CentersCity Justice Center 200 S.Tucker Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri
Marked and UnmarkedsChevrolet Tahoes, Chevrolet Impalas and Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycles
Police Boats0
Helicopter/Airplanes6 Helicopter, 1 Fixed Wing
Police Dogs12 mixture of Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois
  • August 7, 1808
Metropolitan Police Department official website

The Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis (SLMPD), is the primary law enforcement agency for the City of St. Louis, The department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The current Commissioner of Police is Colonel John Hayden Jr., who was named to the position on December 28, 2017. [6]

The Metropolitan Police is a division of the Public Safety Department - City of St. Louis. The Metropolitan Police is the Second Largest city police agency in Missouri, based on number of employees, city population, and geographic area served.

Departmental History

Police Department Headquarters

The Metropolitan Police Department was established in 1808, five years after St. Louis became part of the United States. 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. [7]

In 2013, CALEA recognized the Metropolitan 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.


In 2018, the composition of the department's total personnel was:

  • Male: 84.06%
  • Female: 15.61%
  • White: 65.99%
  • African-American/Black: 30.36%
  • Other: 3.65%



Starting salary for St. Louis Metro police officers in 2019 the Minimum $47,815 to $70,387 Maximum [9]

Union representation

Officers are represented by the: St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA). The St. Louis Ethical Society of Police (ESOP), formerly known as St. Louis Black Police Officers Association until 1975, represents African American police officers by providing legal counsel and other benefits; however, the SLPOA is the only recognized bargaining unit for officers. [10] SLPOA employs author and decommissioned Arnold police officer Jeff Roorda as business manager. In the 2017 city mayoral election, incumbent Lyda Krewson called for Roorda to be fired due to social media comments directed at candidate Tishaura Jones and declared that he would not be welcomed in her office if elected. [11]

Department Structure

The Metropolitan Police Department is headed by a Commissioner of Police . Currently, the Commissioner of Police is John Hayden Jr. who replaced Acting Commissioner of Police Lawrence M. O'Toole in 2017.

The Metropolitan Police Department is composed of five bureaus:

  • Bureau of Community Policing
  • Bureau of Professional Standards
  • Bureau of Investigative Services
  • Bureau of Specialized Enforcement
  • Bureau of Transit Policing


Commissioner of Police

The Commissioner serves as the senior sworn member of the SLMPD. John Hayden Jr. is the 35th individual to hold the post, which prior to 1806 was known as the Chief Inspector and that as Chief of Police and after that Commissioner of Police. [13]

The Commissioner of Police reports directly to the Mayor of St. Louis .

Lieutenant Colonels

The rank of Lieutenant Colonel is the second-highest rank in the Department, reporting directly to the Commissioner of Police. Each Deputy Chief serves as a member of the Senior Command staff and assists the Commissioner of Police in managing civilian and commissioned personnel. [14]

  • Lawrence M. O'Toole, Office of the Assistant Chief & Deputy Commissioner
  • Ronnie Robinson, Deputy Chief of Bureau of Investigative Services
  • Gerald Leyshock, Deputy Chief of Bureau of Community Policing
  • Rochelle Jones, Deputy Chief of Bureau of Specialized Enforcement
  • Michael Sack, Deputy Chief of Bureau of Professional Standards


The rank of Major is the third-highest rank in the Department, reporting directly to a Deputy Chief. Each Major serves as a member of the Senior Command staff and assists each Lieutenant Colonel in managing civilian and commissioned personnel within their assigned areas. [15]

  • Major Eric Larson, Deputy Commander of Professional Standards
  • Major Mary J. Warnecke, Commander of the Investigative Services Bureau
  • Major Daniel Howard, Area Commander of Central Patrol Division
  • Major Angela Coonce, Area Commander of North Patrol Division
  • Major Shawn Dace, Area Commander of South Patrol Division


Rank structure and insignia

Title Insignia Uniform shirt color Badge color
Police Commissioner (rank of Colonel)
US-O6 insignia.svg
White Gold
Assistant/Deputy Police Chief (ranks of Lieutenant Colonel)
US-O5 insignia.svg
White Gold
US-O4 insignia.svg
White Gold
US-O3 insignia.svg
White Gold
US-O2 insignia.svg
White Gold
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
Dark Blue Silver
Police Officer / Detective Dark Blue Silver
Police Trainee khaki Shirt w/ khaki pants None

Police Officer (Trainee) is the initial rank of oncoming Metropolitan Police officers, held while undergoing training at the Metropolitan Police Academy. [16]


The Department is divided into four bureaus [17] which are typically commanded by a deputy chief (such as a Lieutenant Colonel or a Police Major). The bureaus fit under four umbrellas: Investigative Services,Professional Standards, and Specialized Enforcement and Community Policing . Bureaus are often subdivided into smaller divisions and units

Bureau Commander Description Subdivisions
Bureau of Community Policing Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Leyshock The Community Policing Bureau which is the largest bureau within the department. The Bureau of Community Policing includes the nine Police Districts, the District Detectives and the Housing Unit.
Bureau of Specialized Enforcement Lieutenant Colonel Rochelle Jones The Specialized Enforcement Bureau was created to enhance the department's coordinated response to major events and incidents that require specifically trained and equipped personnel. The bureau oversees the Special Operations Investigators, Drug Enforcement & Intervention, Mobile Reserve, and Special Weapons & Tactics Unit and Canine unit and Aviation and Traffic/Mounted Patrol.
Bureau of Investigative Services Lieutenant Colonel Ronnie Robinson The Investigative Services is responsible for the safety and security The bureau comprises Homicide, the St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) and Cyber Crimes and Domestic Violence Prevention.
Bureau of Professional Standards Lieutenant Colonel Michael Sack The Bureau of Professional Standards is responsible to ensure the integrity of the Police Department and its personnel, both sworn and non-sworn. The bureau comprises Internal Affairs, Private Security, Force Investigation Unit, Police Academy, Police Trainees and Planning & Research and CALEA & Officer Wellness/CIT Coordinator.
Office of the Assistant Chief Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence M. O'Toole The Office of the Assistant Chief is responsible to ensure the integrity of the Police Department and its personnel. The Office comprises Cadet Program, Emergency Management, Asset Removal, Police Academy, Special Projects.


The Homicide Detectives of SLMPD will be featured in A&E's reality series The First 48. [18]

Technological Solutions & Investigations

In July 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. [19]


A Chevrolet Tahoe of SLMPD's MetroLink patrol unit

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), 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. [20]

Fallen Officers

From April 28, 1836, to January 24, 2019, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported that 170 officers in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department died in the line of duty, [21] 89 of them from gunfire, [22] 38 from automobile-related incidents, and three from heart attacks. [22] 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
Animal related
Automobile accident
Gunfire (Inadvertent)
Heart attack
Motorcycle accident
Struck by streetcar
Struck by train
Struck by vehicle
Structure collapse
Vehicular assault

Bureau of Community Policing

SLMPD provides law enforcement services to Three Area Patrol Stations throughout the City of St.Louis: [23]

Structure chart

Area Commander Area Severed District Captains
Major Angela Coonce District 5 & District 6 Michael Mueller (5) & Perri Johnson (6)
Major Daniel Howard District 3 & District 4 Ryan Cousins (3) & Renee Kriesmann (4)
Major Shawn Dace District 1 & District 2 Donnell Moore (1) & Christi Marks (2)

Central Patrol Division


3rd District

:*Station Address: 919 North Jefferson St. Louis, MO 63106

  • Commander: Captain Ryan Cousins

4th District

  • Serves: Carr Square, Columbus Square, Covenant Blu-Grand Center, Downtown, Downtown West, Fairgrounds Park, Hyde Park, Jeff Vander Lou, Midtown, Old North St. Louis, St. Louis Place and portions of College Hill Fairgrounds and Near North Riverfront.

:*Station Address: 919 North Jefferson St. Louis, MO 63106

  • Commander: Captain Renee Kriesmann

North Patrol Division

[24] 4014 Union St. Louis, MO 63115

5th Dist Commander: Captain Michael Mueller
6th Dist Commander: Captain Perri Johnson

5th District & 6th District


  • Serves: Academy, Central West End, DeBaliviere Place, Fountain Park, Hamilton Heights, Kingshighway West, Lewis Place, Skinker/DeBaliviere, The Ville, Vandeventer, Visitation Park, Wells/Goodfellow, West End and portions of the Greater Ville and Kingsway East.


  • Serves: Baden, Mark Twain, Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial, North Point, North Riverfront, O’Fallon, O’Fallon Park, Penrose, Penrose Park, Riverview, Walnut Park East, Walnut Park West and portions of College Hill, Fairgrounds, Greater Ville, Kingsway East and Near North Riverfront.

South Patrol Division


1st District

  • Serves: Bevo Mill, Boulevard Heights, Carondelet, Carondelet Park, Holly Hills, Mount Pleasant, Patch, Princeton Heights and portions of Dutchtown and South Hampton.

:*Station Address: 3157 Sublette St. Louis, MO 63139

  • Commander: Captain Donnell Moore

2nd District

  • Serves: Botanical Gardens, Cheltenham, Clayton/Tamm, Clifton Heights, Ellendale, Forest Park, Forest Park Southeast, Franz Park, Hi-Point, Kings Oak, Lindenwood Park, McRee Town, North Hampton, Shaw, Southwest Garden, St. Louis Hills, The Hill, Tiffany, Tower Grove Park, Tower Grove South, Wilmore Park, Wydown/Skinker and portions of South Hampton.

:*Station Address: 3157 Sublette St. Louis, MO 63139

  • Commander: Captain Christi Marks

Bureau of Professional Standards

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. [25]

Bureau of Specialized Enforcement

Canine Unit

The Canine Unit deploys highly trained dog handlers and their canine partners to conduct searches and apprehend felony suspects throughout the St Louis City area. K-9 personnel are deployed around-the-clock, seven days a week. They are available to assist any SLMPD division with searches for felony suspects. Two K-9 officers have also been trained in search and rescue operations using dogs. [26]

Metro Air Unit

The Metro Air Unit consists of one St. Louis County Police Department and one Metropolitan Police sergeant; four St. Louis County and four Metropolitan St.Louis police officers, along with one St. Charles County deputy. The Unit is equipped with five helicopters utilizing the latest in night vision and GIS technology, and one fixed wing aircraft. [27]


The Special Weapons and Tactics ( SWAT) team of the SLMPD. It 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.

The sanctity of human life is paramount and SWAT officers will make every attempt to preserve life.


The SLMPD has been accused of involvement in several incidents of alleged police misconduct, [28] [29] obstruction of justice, [28] [30] violations of civil rights, [31] and racial prejudice. [32] [33]

Shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith (2017)

See: Shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith

Assault of Undercover Officer Luther Hall (2018)

Three Saint Louis police officers were charged with felony assault against an undercover police officer during the 2017 Saint Louis protests, with an additional fourth police officer, Bailey Colletta, being charged with providing false testimony to a grand jury. [34] The undercover officer Luther Hall, according to the indictment, had been extensively assaulted by the three officers resulting in an injured tailbone, two herniated discs, and a jaw injury that prevented Hall from eating resulting in a twenty-pound weight loss. According to the prosecutors office these injuries were sustained by Hall after officers Myers, Hays, and Boone used excessive force in the form of kicking Hall and beating him with their police batons. [35]

"Exclusion List" Controversy (2019)

In 2019 a controversy ensued regarding the existence of a list of 28 officers in the Metropolitan Department that were to be excluded from acting as witnesses in future prosecutions due to a history of misconduct. [36] This list was created by circuit attorney Kimberly M. Gardner's office. [36]

"Russian Roulette" Incident (2019)

On January 24, police arrived at the residence of SLMPD officer Nathaniel Hendren following reports of gunshots, upon arrival police found 24-year-old officer Katlyn Alix fatally shot in the chest, following an alleged game of Russian roulette. [37] Saint Louis circuit attorney Kimberly M. Gardner criticized the investigation, stating that the department was obstructing the investigation of the shooting, claiming investigators refused to allow a sample of Officer Hendren's blood be tested for alcohol and other substances. [38] [39] [40] St. Louis Metropolitan Police Commissioner John Hayden Jr. responded to criticism of the investigation as unfounded. [41]

Plain View Project findings (2019)

In June 2019 officers and employees from numerous police departments in the United States were found to have participated in a number of private groups on Facebook that shared content that was described as racist, [42] violent, and Islamophobic. [43] This information was published online by the Plain View Project, which had viewed and documented the social-media accounts of 2,900 officers from eight separate departments, finding twenty percent of those users posted bmaterial that was determined to meet the threshold of being offensive. [44] At least 22 officers in the Metropolitan department were found to have participated in the closed-groups, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner stated that these officers would be added to a list of officers who have been determined to be unable to provide witness testimony in criminal prosecutions. [45]

Prosecution of officer William C. Olsten (2019)

Former St. Louis police officer William C. Olsten was charged with three counts of felony third-degree assault on July 17, 2019 for allegations of pepper-spraying three protesters outside of Busch Stadium in 2017 against the acquittal of Officer Jason Stockley, [46]

See also


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  8. ^ "2018 Annual Report" (PDF).
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  26. ^ "SLMPD Canine Unit".
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