Colonel Robert Connell St. John Chief of Police
The St. John Police Department is located in north-central St. Louis County and is recognized as a State Accredited Law Enforcement Agency by the Missouri Police Chief's Association. It was the 3rd Police Department in the State of Missouri to be "accredited" by the Missouri Police Chief's Charitable Foundation Certification Division. St. John has been accredited since the year 2010. The department serves a community of approximately 6,650 residents with an average daily population of 72,000.
I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of the City of St. John as your Police Chief and City Manager. I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website and invite you to look at the various services our police department provides. Guided by the Department's Mission Statement, "to provide quality police services to our citizens in a professional and timely manner," the men and women of the St. John Police Department continue to make our community one of the safest in the area and promote the City's motto of "A good place to live."
The St. John Police Department embraces the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving philosophy derived from the 21st Century Policing Policies which stresses positive community relationships and engagement. In order to do so, it takes a staff who are dedicated to being transparent, accountable, professional and safe. The department is striving to sustain an internal environment that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion knowing that this ideology will also have a positive impact during community engagement.
The police department employs 22 fulltime officers, 3 reserve officers, and 2 civilian staff members. Our officers are encouraged to take part in advanced and continuous training. Nearly 50% of the department employees have college degrees while the remaining are working towards their degree and /or continuing education credits. Officers are also trained in specialized fields such as firearms, less-lethal tactics, self defense, crime scene processing, interview techniques, drug investigations, canine operations, emergency vehicle operations, traffic reconstruction, crime prevention, CPR / first aid, DARE/School Resource, juvenile procedures and crisis intervention training.
Providing great service also takes the latest technology and equipment. All patrol cars are equipped with new computers and printers with the latest law enforcement software; in-car video cameras, patrol rifles and shotguns; and the latest models of emergency lighting and sirens. Our officers are also fitted with body-worn cameras that link to their patrol vehicle computers.
MISSION STATEMENT: "The St. John Police Department will provide the highest quality of professional law enforcement service by working in partnership with the community to improve the quality of life, while at the same time maintaining respect for individual rights and human dignity. The Department recognizes the value and importance of its employees and will ensure that all employees are treated equitably and fairly. The Department is committed to providing its members with quality leadership, training and the equipment necessary to perform its mission."
I encourage you to bookmark this site and visit it often as we work to keep you informed and provide useful and helpful links. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Department at 427-8700, ext. 5.
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