Colonel Mary Barton, Chief of Police
The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible for the planning, efficient administration and operation of the Police Department under the authority of the Board of Police Commissioners. The Office of the Chief of Police is commanded by the Chief, Colonel Mary Barton and the Deputy Chief, Lt. Colonel Ken Gregory. The Office of the Chief of Police consists of the Chief, Deputy Chief, Chief’s Administrative Aide, Bureau of Professional Standards, Bureau of Strategy and Risk Management, Public Information Office, Police Contract Services Unit, Office of Staff Inspections, Office of Historian, St. Louis Fusion Center, and the Intelligence Unit.
Bureau of Professional Standards
Please rest assured that all complaints are thoroughly investigated by the Bureau and that appropriate action will be taken. Compliments are sent to the Chief of Police's office so that the employee and his or her supervisor can be made aware of the commendation.
Police Contract Services
The St. Louis County Police Department is the largest provider of contracted law enforcement services in the State of Missouri - contracting with over 60 entities for a variety of services (see Service Agreements and Partnerships). These services include Patrol, Dispatching and a record management system known as Computer Assisted Report Entry (CARE). When contracting for law enforcement services, the St. Louis County Police strive to work closely with the Municipal Police and Government officials.
Bureau of Strategy and Risk Management
The Bureau is responsible for reviewing policies, procedures and practices with the goal of reinforcing an inclusive work environment as well as enhancing the Department's external diversity and inclusion profile. The Bureau is composed of the Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Research and Analysis Unit, Police Contract Services Unit, Risk Management Unit and Office of the Historian. The Bureau manages compliance with CALEA standard and ensures that periodical reports, reviews , and other activities mandated by accreditation standards are accomplished. In addition, the Bureau maintains the Written Directives System, conducts policy research and authoring, manages and develops all Department forms and brochures, solicits and manages all of the Department's Federal and State grants, conducts legislative liaison activities, and other special projects as directed by the Chief of Police.
Media Relations & Public Information
The primary responsibility of the Public Information staff is to distribute information reflecting the activities and perform and of the Department to the public by way of print, broadcast and electronic media. The Social Media Coordinator utilizes various social media venues to interact with the community and promote department information. The office is also responsible for the department's website, press releases and newsletters.
Bureau of Research and Analysis
The Bureau of Research and Analysis handles five distinct tasks for the Department.
1) Accreditation – The Department is accredited internationally via CALEA for law enforcement operations, police communications, and police academy training. The Bureau handles the accreditation management for the entire department.
2) Crime Analysis – The Bureau produces actionable information based on crime and administrative data that is utilized by internal and external users.
3) Grant Management – The Bureau manages and coordinates millions of dollars in grant funds that support operations in all four field divisions as well as the Office of the Chief of Police.
4) Policy – The Bureau coordinates the authoring, research, editing, policy positioning, and dissemination of all department-wide policy. The policy section is also responsible for research to support leadership decision-making.
5) Community Engagement – The Bureau houses a community engagement specialist position which is uniquely funded and supported to continue the Department’s commitment to providing connected, thoughtful, and professional policing solutions to those at especially high risk of crime in our neighborhoods.
The primary focus of the intelligence unit is organized crime, public corruption, and terrorism. The Intelligence Unit works closely with federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI and other state and federal agencies.