The Olivette Police Department currently employs one full-time animal control officer which is a civilian position. The rabies control officer responds to dispatched animal calls as well as apprehends and confines stray, injured and nuisance animals. This is done in the most safe and humane way possible. The rabies control officer also educates the public while in the field regarding responsible pet ownership and animal laws and ordinances. Additionally, this officer assists citizens with information regarding situations such as nuisance or trapped animals. If the Olivette Animal Control Officer is not available, calls are referred to the Olivette Police Department or St. Louis County Animal Control.
Bureau of Criminal Investigations
The Detective Bureau is comprised of three investigators. The detectives assigned to this division have many hours of specialized training and years of experience. The detectives network with many of the citizens and businesses of Olivette as well as the neighboring cities. These contacts add to the ability to investigate crimes more efficiently. The work load is sometimes demanding and there are times when investigators are called out at all hours of the night. The case could be a death investigation, felony assault, or an abused or neglected child. The detectives also investigate financial crimes, missing or exploited children and adults, burglaries, robberies, narcotics and domestic violence cases.
Bureau of Professional Standards
Along with drafting policies and procedures for review by the Deputy Chief, assisting with internal affairs matters and various administrative functions, one of the main responsibilities of the Bureau of Professional Standards is the Missouri Police Chief’s Charitable Foundation State Certification Program. The Olivette Police Department has completed the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation (MPCCF) State Certification Program.
The Olivette Police Department Patrol Division consists of 2 lieutenants, 6 sergeants and 9 officers. The unit is overseen by the Deputy Chief (Major Mike Roemer). Major Roemer reports to the Chief of Police (Chief Rick Knox). The Patrol Division has four squads that consist of four officers per squad including supervisors. The Patrol Division works 12 hours shifts; two squads work the day shift (06:00-18:00 hours) and two squads work the night shift (18:00-06:00 hours). The day and night shifts rotate every four months. During each shift, a watch commander will be designated as the officer with supervisory responsibility over the shift. The watch commander will be a lieutenant or sergeant. Each watch commander reports and is accountable to the Deputy Chief. Each shift consists of three or four officers including the watch commander. The Patrol Division's responsibilities include responding to calls for services and providing continuous delivery of police services to the community.
East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC)
The East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC) is a comprehensive consolidated effort to serve the public safety communication needs of eight municipalities within St. Louis County. An intergovernmental agreement was formalized between the Cities of Clayton, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Shrewsbury, Rock Hill, Brentwood, and Webster Groves. This agreement serves to designate the ECDC as the multi-jurisdictional center for all emergency communications with regards to fire, police, and emergency medical services for the participating cities.
The ECDC embodies the vision of the six member cities by sharing resources that will allow them to continue to provide excellence in service while simultaneously striving to maintain the highest level of technology. Cost-sharing made possible through the consolidated approach creates a more efficient level of service. The ECDC will also strive to increase the probability of obtaining grants that will further its operations and the capabilities of every municipality involved.
The staff of the East Central Dispatch center has many responsibilities including answering all incoming informational, emergency and 911 calls. Each call is evaluated and the appropriate Public Safety personnel are dispatched to handle the situation. They provide law enforcement with REJIS record inquiries and provide emergency medical dispatch to ensure accurate and prompt care to all callers. ECDC employees monitor panic alarms that are strategically placed throughout city facilities. Dispatchers are responsible for monitoring prisoners held in the jail/holdover facility via closed-circuit cameras. ECDC also houses five of the cities warrants and the dispatchers verify these warrants for other law enforcement agencies. Dispatchers regularly monitor additional radio frequencies which allow them to communicate with State Highway Patrol, and neighboring Police and Fire Departments. In addition to computer controlled radio communications, each console has an active 9-1-1 position, and a terminal connecting the dispatcher with REJIS, MULES, Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle and Driver's License Bureaus, and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
The mission will be accomplished through constant professional in-service training, coupled with quality assurance standards. The goal of the training and professional standards is the retention of a dedicated staff of efficient, empathetic, and skilled professionals. ECDC has a strong commitment to proficiency and motivated performance while serving as the vital link between the public and the agencies served.
This type of consolidated agency development puts the member cities into a unique, innovative, and leading example of functional cooperation for the entire St. Louis metropolitan region.