Emergency Calls

When should I call 911?

 Call 911 when there is a crime in progress, a fire, a medical emergency, when someone is in physical danger or in other situations in which help is needed immediately.

If I have a problem but it's not an emergency, who should I call?


For those situations in which the immediate intervention of emergency personnel is not needed, call 636-529-8210 , the 24 hour general information line of the County Police Department. For persons with a hearing impairment, call TDD 889-2345. If you live in a municipality, call your municipal police department. 

How do I call for police or emergency assistance on my cellular phone?


The 911 number works on your cellular phone the same way as on your home phone. There are two major differences however that you should be aware of. One, unlike your home phone, your exact location and phone number are not displayed. Cellular phones do not provide this information. The police or emergency services dispatcher will not know where you are calling from. You must provide the specific location of where help is needed. Two, because you are normally moving when you place a 911 call on a cellular phone, you may or may not be connected to the proper 911 center serving your area. For example, you may have just observed an automobile accident while in St. Louis City, but you have since traveled into the County when you dial 911. As a result, your call may have to be transferred to the proper jurisdiction. Please be patient. 

What if I am using a cellular phone and just need to ask for directions?

 The 911 number should only be used when an emergency exists or immediate police response is needed. If you are reporting a minor incident or simply need directions call 636-529-8210 for the St. Louis County Police or call directory assistance to obtain the non-emergency number of the police jurisdiction in which you are located. 

Public Safety Dispatcher

How do I become a Public Safety Dispatcher?

A comprehensive applicant employment package has been prepared to inform and address the essential job functions, selection process, and benefits that relate to a public safety dispatcher position.  You can complete an online application. For additional information, call 314-615-4273 or visit our Professional Staff Positions page. 

How old must I be to be a dispatcher?

You must be at least 18 years of age to become a Public Safety Dispatcher.  You must also be a high school graduate or possess a GED.  

Other requirements include a valid state operator's license and must be free from conviction of a Felony or Class "A" Misdemeanor. 

Do I need prior experience?

No. We'll teach you everything you need to know.

What is the salary and benefits?

Public Safety Dispatchers earn between $40,539 and $64,854 per year. 

Benefits include paid leave/vacation, paid holidays, furnished uniforms, life insurance, professional training, health insurance, tuition reimbursement and deferred compensation plans.