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Message from the Chief of Police
On behalf of the members of the Hazelwood Police Department, welcome to our website. It is an honor and privilege to serve with the dedicated professionals of the Hazelwood Police Department. These fine men and women are the people who make this an exceptional organization and one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in Missouri. Through our staff’s competent and courteous service, we strive daily “to enhance the quality of life within our community”. Building upon the past successes of Community Policing, the Hazelwood Police Department incorporates a Problem-Solving philosophy that is supported by Intelligence-led principles. Through directed patrols and proactive enforcement, our staff works hard to prevent crimes and identify criminals. From Road Patrol to Dispatch, from Criminal Investigations to Records, from Community Services to Specialized Units, our dedicated employees are committed to making Hazelwood a safer place to work and live. The community has joined with our Police Department to forge a strong cooperative partnership built on trust and mutual respect. Through programs like Neighborhood Watch, the Police Explorer Program, and Citizens on Patrol every day residents are banding with our staff to help rid our streets of criminal activity. We are grateful for the open communication and generous support we receive from our citizens. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We look forward to working with you and making the City of Hazelwood even greater than it is today.
The Hazelwood Police Department was established as a permanent police force by virtue of the City Charter. It exists for the purpose of providing police services for the City of Hazelwood, Missouri.
The police department is one department in a complex organization of municipal government. The police department represents government's interface with the private lives of individuals.
The personnel of the department consist of sworn police officer members and civilian members. All members of the department are appointed in compliance with the City of Hazelwood rules pertaining to the appointment of its employees. In addition, sworn police officers are certified in accordance with Missouri Statue 590.110.
The Hazelwood Police Department deploys professional, innovative, self-disciplined and self-motivated officers directly into the community. The Department envisions the empowerment of patrol officers to take independent action to solve problems, create partnerships with the community, and improve the social environment of the neighborhood they serve. The organization is structured, managed, and operated in a manner which supports the efforts of the neighborhood patrol officers and encourages a cooperative approach to solving problems.
Chief of Police
The Chief of Police is responsible to the City Manager for the proper administration and command of the department, the suppression of crime, and the execution of policies, rules and procedures of the department. The Chief of Police is delegated such power and authority as necessary to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. "Peace Officer", as used in this document, means a City of Hazelwood employed Missouri State Certified Peace Office and by extension and where applicable, any other paid or volunteer member of the agency.
The Hazelwood Police Department's primary functions are
- Delivery of effective and efficient quality service
- Preservation of peace and order
- Protection of life and property
- Provision for emergency service
- Safe movement of traffic