I would like to thank the residents and business owners of the Affton Southwest Precinct for their diligence in helping keep our community a safe and enjoyable place to live and work. Thanks to the cooperative effort between all of you and the St. Louis County Police Department we have seen an overall decrease in our crime rates here in Affton over the busy summer months.
The mission of the St. Louis County Police Department is to work cooperatively with the citizens we serve, and within the framework of the Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide a safe environment in our neighborhoods. To accomplish our mission we must build a strong partnership between the police department and the citizens of this community. In my mind, one of the most effective ways to create this partnership is through programs such as the Citizens Police Academy.
The Affton Southwest and South County Precincts will be hosting a Citizens Police Academy starting on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014. The academy will be held every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Green Park City Hall, 11100 Mueller Rd., suite 5. If you are interested in participating in this program please contact your local Precinct for an application prior to attending. This academy is open to all residents and is free of charge. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of some of the specialized units we have available in the St. Louis County Police Department. I invite you all to attend this worthwhile program.