While our Department is already rich in history and tradition, this week we are adding another benchmark to our list. As many of you have seen in the news or read about on our social media sites, last week, we welcomed 26 new officers into our police family. These officers have already begun walking foot beats in their assigned districts, “boots on the ground” and becoming familiar with the people they serve face to face. This is a unique way to not only introduce our officers to the community, but also a reminder to the community that we are here, and we are here to serve you.
As important as it is to train our new officers to work safely and efficiently, it is even more important for this idea of face-to-face communication to start at the top and trickle down. Whether it be with the members of this community or internally within our Department, communication is crucial to our main mission of fighting crime.
As part of this new tradition, I, along with the Assistant Chief and Deputy Chiefs, will work at least 2 shifts at district level each quarter. While working these shifts, we will report to roll call, ride in patrol cars along side officers or district sergeants and we will follow all standard procedures of a patrol officer. This will not only let the leaders of this Department closely observe the performance of our officers; it also lets our officers know that we support them. It puts us in touch with those we lead, and just as importantly, it puts those we lead in touch with us.
We are all striving for one goal: keeping
safe while serving our community. Even as Chief of Police, duty must always come before rank. I am excited about this new journey and proud to be a part of it. St. Louis