FAQ

Filing a Report

How do I file a police report?

You have two options when filing a police report: 

1. You may call the non-emergency at 636-529-8210 and an officer will be dispatched to your location when time allows. 

2. You may visit any of our precinct locations and ask to speak with an officer to file a report. 

*Please be advised: Incidents must have taken place in the St. Louis County venue for us to take the report. Please double check the address of your incident before calling or coming to a precinct station. 

How do I commend an Officer's actions?

There are several ways in which you can make the Department aware when an employee has done particularly well in performing his or her job. You can:

  • Mail a brief letter to:

    Colonel Jon Belmar, Chief of Police
    St. Louis County Police Department
    7900 Forsyth
    Clayton, MO 63105.

    Please describe the incident and the actions you think were exceptional. If you don't know the officer's name, please include information such as the type of incident, date, time, and location.

  • E-mail the compliment to Chief Belmar through this link.

  • Make a verbal commendation by calling the Bureau of Professional Standards at (314) 615-5340.

  • Fill out an Online Citizen's Comment Form which will go directly to the Bureau of Professional Standards.

The Chief will notify our employees of all messages received commending their actions and, where appropriate, may award additional recognition for the employee's actions. 

How do I make a complaint against an officer?

If you wish to make a complaint regarding a Department employee, you may also do so in a number of ways. You may:



All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate, corrective and/or disciplinary action will be taken to make sure that the incident isn't repeated. 

Traffic Violations and Accidents

What should I do if a police officer pulls me over?

 Remain calm.

Pull over to the shoulder or off the roadway at the safest and earliest opportunity.

Roll down windows if they are tinted.

Keep hands on the steering wheel or at least visible.

Be prepared to provide a license and proof of valid insurance.

Comply if/when directions are provided.

 

 


I have my Conceal Carry weapon in my car and I'm pulled over. Should I tell the officer?

 

Remain calm.

Keep hands on the steering wheel or at least visible.

Inform the officer that you have a firearm and the location of the firearm.

Do not reach for or handle the firearm in any way.  

Comply if/when directions are provided.

Be prepared to provide a form of identification.

 

I got a ticket but I don't feel I deserve it. What should I do?

That depends on the type of citation you receive. Please refer to the back of your citation for further instructions on payment options and court appearances.

How do I pay my ticket?

That depends on the type of citation you receive. Please refer to the back of your citation for further instructions on payment options and court appearances. Most tickets can be paid online via the St. Louis County Municipal Court site

What should I do if I'm involved in an accident?

Remain calm.

If your vehicle is in a drivable condition, please move it to a safe location off the roadway (i.e. a nearby parking lot).

If your vehicle is not drivable, get yourself to a safe location in the immediate area (i.e. a sidewalk).

Contact 911 immediately, be prepared to provide a location and descriptions of the involved vehicles. Inform the dispatcher of any potential injuries.

When safe and 911 has been contacted, might be a good idea to write down the other vehicle’s information, description, and driver description.

Be prepared to provide a license and proof of valid insurance.



3.       Remain calm.

If your vehicle is in a drivable condition, please move it to a safe location off the roadway (i.e. a nearby parking lot).

If your vehicle is not drivable, get yourself to a safe location in the immediate area (i.e. a sidewalk).

Contact 911 immediately, be prepared to provide a location and descriptions of the involved vehicles. Inform the dispatcher of any potential injuries.

When safe and 911 has been contacted, might be a good idea to write down the other vehicle’s information, description, and driver description.

Be prepared to provide a license and proof of valid insurance.


3.       Remain calm.

If your vehicle is in a drivable condition, please move it to a safe location off the roadway (i.e. a nearby parking lot).

If your vehicle is not drivable, get yourself to a safe location in the immediate area (i.e. a sidewalk).

Contact 911 immediately, be prepared to provide a location and descriptions of the involved vehicles. Inform the dispatcher of any potential injuries.

When safe and 911 has been contacted, might be a good idea to write down the other vehicle’s information, description, and driver description.

Be prepared to provide a license and proof of valid insurance.


Careers and Opportunities

How do I become a St. Louis County officer?

There are several requirement an individual must meet to become a St. Louis County Police officer: 

  • Must be 21 years old or applicant must reach their 21st birthday by the time of completion of the academy training course. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must have either an associate's degree or 64 semester credit hours from an accredited university of college. Both require a cumulative average letter grade of “C” or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, OR A high school diploma or GED with one year full-time prior police experience or two years of military service. Police experience can be in a civilian position with the St. Louis County Police Department designated by the Chief as part of the Department’s Cadet Program
  • Military: "Honorable" discharge or discharge "Under Honorable Conditions" if having served in the military. 
  • Application for Police Officer positions must be submitted on-line.

Get full employment details on our Careers section. 

Does the department hire non-police/professional staff?

Yes. Our department currently employs nearly 300 professional staff personnel.  They perform a myriad of job functions. Ongoing job openings include
Public Safety Dispatcher
Records Clerk
C.A.R.E. Operator
 Learn more about our professional staff employment opportunities.

Does the County Police require residency for employment?

No, you do not need to live in St. Louis County to work for our department. 

Does the County Police offer internships?

Yes.  The St. Louis County Police Intern receive exposure to an extensive array of Department resources in each of the Department's Divisions. Applications due: Spring - November 15th; Summer -April 15th; Fall -July 31st

Does the County Police offer summer opportunities for youth?

Those interested in athletic activities may join the Police Athletic League (PAL). For more information, contact the PAL Coordinator. Email : PAL@stlouisco.com
Phone : 314-458-5186

Where is the Police Academy located?

The St. Louis County and Municipal Academy is located at: 

1266 Sutter Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63133-1934
Call: (314) 889-8600 for further details.

How do I get paid during my academy training?

If you meet the requirements to be hired by the St. Louis County Police, you are an employee and will be paid 30% of your salary while you attend basic training at the Police Academy. Visit the St. Louis County Police Academy Page for more details.

Is the County Police Academy like Highway Patrol where you stay overnight?

No the St. Louis County and Municipal Academy is Monday through Friday 7am - 430pm

Information Requests

How do I request a copy of an accident or incident report?

  • St. Louis County Police Reports are available from the Bureau of Central Police Records ten days after the reported incident. 
  • The cost per report is $6.50 cash or check made payable to Treasurer-St. Louis County. 
  • A copy of the report may be obtained by appearing in person or by mailing your request in the form of a notarized statement. 
  • Please be sure to include the report number and the reason for obtaining the report. Because of statutory requirements, the Bureau of Central Police Records will need to know how you are involved in the report and the reason you are obtaining the report. 
  • Acceptable reasons for obtaining the report may be that you are the victim, suspect, driver (traffic accident only), attorney for victim, insurance company, property owner, family member (traffic accident only) or news media (traffic accident only).

  • Active or on-going investigation reports are not available.

    Availability of reports is dependent upon the provisions of the Sunshine Law (RSMo Chapter 610)
    Form may be obtained in person, or may be downloaded from the link below: For further information, please call (314) 615-5317

Can I request a background check on someone else?

No. 

How can I get information about a past County Police employee?

 

To obtain information about a former St. Louis County Police employee, contact Personnel at (314) 615-4273. 

Concealed Carry Permits

How do I obtain a MO concealed carry permit?

St. Louis County residents who are at least nineteen (19) years of age, a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and either:

A.      Has assumed residency in this state; or

                                Is a member of the Armed Forces stationed in Missouri, or the spouse of such member of the military

B.      Is at least nineteen** years of age, or is at least eighteen years of age and a member of the United States Armed Forces or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces, and is a citizen of the United States and either:

C.      Has assumed residency in this state

D.      Is a member of the Armed Forces stationed in Missouri; or

                                The spouse of such member of the military stationed in Missouri and nineteen** years of age;

E.       A photocopy of a firearms safety training certificate of completion or other evidence of completion of a firearms safety training course that meets the standards established in subsection 1 or 2 of section 571.111

F.       A nonrefundable permit fee $90 

Where do I apply for a concealed carry permit?

The St. Louis County Police Department accepts applications at the St. Louis County Police Headquarters, located at 7900 Forsyth Boulevard, 63105. Clerks are available 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM  Monday through Friday.  Expect extended wait times. 

What are the fees for renewing a MO concealed carry permit?

 Fees are $40 for renewal, $10 a month late fee not to exceed 6 months.


What do I do if I lose my permit?

  Appear in person with a Missouri ID or Driver’s License and $8.00 


When does my firearm safety training document expire?

Firearms safety training that was taken after 9/11/2003 and meets the requirements in 571.111 will be accepted.  The training document currently does not expire.

What documents should I bring to renew my Mo concealed carry permit?

  A Missouri ID or Driver’s License, CCW permit or endorsement, and renewal fee of $40 paid by check, cash or credit or debit card.

What should I do if I move to a new county within Missouri?

If a ccw permit holder moves outside of the county in which their permit was issued, the holder must notify the sheriff or county licensing office of the new jurisdiction within thirty days of the change of permanent residence. The permit holder must show proof of the new address to the licensing office of the new jurisdiction. The licensing office of the new jurisdiction shall notify the   sheriff or licensing office of the old jurisdiction of the permit holder’s change of address. The sheriff or licensing office of the old jurisdiction shall transfer any information on file regarding the permit holder to the sheriff of the new jurisdiction within 30 days. The sheriff or licensing office shall take and destroy the permit from the old jurisdiction and issue a new permit from the new jurisdiction. The sheriff or licensing office of the new jurisdiction shall report the address change to the concealed carry permit system within 3 days. The sheriff of the new jurisdiction shall charge a no more than $10 fee for processing an address change.


Can I get denied a Mo concealed carry permit if I have pled guilty to a felony offense in MO and received a Suspended Imposition Sentence(SIS)?

Applicants are denied if they have a Felony SIS. The requirements in  571.111, number 2., subsection (3), states: Has not pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere or been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year under the laws of any state or of the United States other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor under the laws of any state and punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer or gas gun.   A plea of guilt is entered in order to receive and successfully complete the terms the court order to receive an SIS.

What state recognizes the MO concealed carry permit?

 

Please refer to the Missouri Attorney General’s website for concealed carry reciprocity:  https://ago.mo.gov/divisions/public-safety/concealed-carry-reciprocity

I currently have a valid concealed carry permit issued by another state. Does MO recognized all valid concealed carry permits?

Yes.  Missouri’s concealed carry law provides recognition of concealed weapons permits from every state that issues them.

Can I transfer a concealed carry permit that was issued by another state?

No you cannot transferred a concealed carry permit that was issued by another state.

If I move out of MO is my concealed carry permit still valid?

No.  The MO concealed carry permit is only valid for Missouri residents.  If you move out of state it will be suspended and may be reinstated before the expiration date after assuming residency  again n Missouri.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Does St. Louis County Police give tours?

Tours are offered at some precincts stations to school and scout groups.  Please contact your local precinct for details

Tours are also given at the Bureau of Communications. Contact them for more details. 

How do I do a ride-along with an officer?

 

You must be a St. Louis County Resident to participate in the Citizen Ride Along Program. 

The request must be approved by the Watch Commander in the precinct.   Contact your local Precinct and arranging it with the Neighborhood Police Officer.

Contact the precinct for more information. 

I'm a patch collector. I should I request one from St. Louis County Police?

Due to a high volume of requests, we generally only provide patches to other law enforcement officers or agencies.  However, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the issuing officer.  For inquires or to see if you fit the criteria, email  Ofc. Vencill at rvencill@stlouisco.com.

Is there a way to see information on crime in certain areas of the County?

You can view crime information by using our Crime Incident Map.

I'd like to attend a Citizens Police Academy. Who should I contact?

For upcoming Citizens Police Academy classes, contact your local precinct. Find You Precinct Here. 

Does the Police Department release information on events happening in my neighborhood?

Information that reflects important community events and accomplishments of the St. Louis County Police Department are distributed through social media and new releases through the Office of Public Information.  Topics of interests include criminal investigations and arrests, functions and demonstrations, resources exhibits, auctions, promotions, awards and other events that may happen in your neighborhood.  Please visit our precinct Social Media pages to see the latest happenings in your neighborhood. 

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