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Protesters gathered at the intersection of Gravois and MacKenzie roads to support the Black Lives Matter movement June 6. Some protesters' signs, like that above, called for defunding the police.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 30, 2020

The St. Louis County Police Department will undergo an independent, privately funded review of public safety, use of force and community policing, the county executive announced Monday. County Executive Sam Page and Urban League President and CEO Michael P. McMillan jointly announced on Monday the start o...

Missouri first responders affected by COVID-19 will receive compensation

St Louis County Police Chief Colonel Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Jordan Meier, Missouri News Network

April 8, 2020

A first responder’s job is not easy, and with the COVID-19 outbreak their jobs have gotten harder and more dangerous. Across Missouri, police officers, firefighters and EMTs have contracted COVID-19. Gov. Mike Parson and Annie Hui, the director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Rel...

St. Louis County Police officer tests positive for coronavirus as cases near 300

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 28, 2020

An officer in the St. Louis County Police Department has tested positive for coronavirus, one of 70 new cases announced Saturday by the county. The officer, who was not named by the department, is currently in isolation. The officer lives in St. Louis County and is counted as one of a total 291 positive...

Barton is county’s first female chief in history

Incoming Chief Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 25, 2020

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners has chosen Capt. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, as the first female police chief in county history. Barton, who has 41 years of experience at the St. Louis County Police Department, will lead the department starting May 1, afte...

South County listening session on next police chief set for Wednesday

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

February 24, 2020

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners will host two more upcoming public events to gather feedback directly from the citizens of St. Louis County on the selection of the next police chief, including a South County listening session this week. The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Fe...

Listening session set on next police chief

Chief Jon Belmar at a police board meeting in October following the verdict in the Wildhaber case. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

February 18, 2020

Chief Jon Belmar at a police board meeting in October 2019. Belmar announced last week that he would be retiring in April. Photo by Erin Achenbach. The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners will host three upcoming public events to gather feedback directly from the citizens of St. Louis County o...

Page backtracks on Belmar; appoints new police board members

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 5, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In the days after a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department for discrimination, County Executive Sam Page appeared to call for the end of Chief Jon Belmar’s tenure and then backtracked to say the chief will lead eff...

Police board agrees to outside review of St. Louis County Police Department after $20 million discrimination verdict

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 30, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The civilian-led St. Louis County police board agreed to an outside review of the county Police Department Tuesday after a jury awarded a $20 million verdict last week to an Oakville officer who said he was repeatedly denied promotions because he ...

Turn in unwanted prescription drugs at DEA Takeback Day: Here’s the locations

Turn in unwanted prescription drugs at DEA Takeback Day: Here's the locations

October 25, 2019

The St. Louis County and Sunset Hills police departments are participating in the annual National Take Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The SLCPD has 13 locations where anyone can drop off unused, unwanted or found prescription drugs. Local locations are: Green Park City Hall: 11...

Bernard students serve up a feast for first responders on 9/11

Bernard Middle School students honored South County Precinct officers, firefighters and military members with their ‘Patriot Day’ first responders’ barbecue, an annual commemoration of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11.

September 19, 2019

Bernard Middle School students honored South County Precinct officers, firefighters and military members with their "Patriot Day" first responders’ barbecue, an annual commemoration of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11. "It was a wonderful way to say thank you to the people who keep us safe. #neverforget,"...

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