Law and Public Safety

St. Louis County Government places the highest priority on the safety of its citizens, and in the apprehension and incarceration of those who would prey upon them. The departments below are all focused on keeping St. Louis County a safe and pleasant place to live and work. Each of the sub-sites listed below will provide you with information regarding these departments, their role in the criminal justice efforts of the County, and how to obtain legal and law enforcement services.


St. Louis County Circuit Court Building  St. Louis County Circuit Court
The Twenty-First Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri (also known as the Circuit Court of St. Louis County) handles Civil, Criminal, Family Court, Probate and Traffic matters. Locations of courtrooms, information on the various functions of the Court, and answers to frequently asked questions regarding a variety of topics can be found in the St. Louis County Government section of our website.
St. Louis County Municipal Courts Building  St. Louis County Municipal Courts
The St. Louis County Municipal Court adjudicates violations of various local ordinances that include driving while intoxicated, assault, domestic violence, traffic, health, housing, and zoning for violations occurring within the unincorporated areas of St. Louis County and its arterial roads. Users are encouraged to check out our website as a resource for your frequently asked questions and other important information.
St. Louis County Police Officer  St. Louis County Police
The only County Police Department within the state of Missouri, we are the third largest provider of local law enforcement in the state, with an authorized strength of over 835 commissioned officers and over 250 civilian members. We are committed to a partnership between police and law-abiding citizens, to create permanent solutions to problems that lead to crime.
St. Louis County Police Academy  St. Louis County and Municipal
Police Academy
Law enforcement isn't a career for everyone, but for those who hear its calling, there is no better beginning to a career in law enforcement than the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. The only CALEA accredited academy in Missouri, academically rigorous, and physically demanding: make the right choice.  Learn more and connect with us today.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney  St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, governed by Chapter 331 of the Missouri Code, ensures that the laws of the State are enforced within St. Louis County, prosecutes violators of the law, and acts as legal counsel to the Board of Supervisors. To best serve the citizens, our office has seventeen divisions that each specializes in a particular type of crime. Further information is available on our website.

Other Functions and Units

County Codes and Ordinances Search

County Codes and Ordinances are available through two different tools. The Revised Ordinances site provides the complete County Code in chapter and section sequence, with updates twice per year. The County Council Archive Search provides a search tool for ordinances, agendas, journals and resolutions from 1988 to the present. It is updated at the end of the week following each County Council Meeting. (This link goes to the County Council Site)

Crime Maps

The St. Louis County Missouri Crime Incident Map web site displays crime information overlaid on a map of the region. Users may zoom into any area serviced by St. Louis County Police, or those departments that provide crime data to the County PD, and see where crimes have been reported.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

The St. Louis Area Crisis Intervention Team (CIT Coordinating Council) delivers positive law enforcement crisis intervention service to people with mental illness in the St. Louis area. It does so through cooperative community partnerships of law enforcement, mental health service providers, consumers, families, and advocates, and by offering coordinating and enhancing services to people with mental illness and/or substance abuse problems through law enforcement-based Crisis Intervention Teams.

Emergency Communications Commission (ECC)

The ECC was created for the purpose of administering an emergency communication system including an interoperable county-wide wireless radio communication network providing communications links that permit participating governmental entities to communicate within the geographic boundaries of the county. This includes the radio system, the emergency alert system and the enhancements to the 911 system.

Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management works in concert with Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and with many public and private sector planning commissions and groups to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.


The St. Louis County Jail is a Direct Supervision facility which detains adults and certified juveniles who are pre-trial or serving county sentences. For the most part the population consists of inmates charged with felonies, misdemeanors and municipal ordinance violations. The website provides information on jail policies and procedures, as well as the many programs and services offered to qualified inmates.

Law Library

The St. Louis County Law Library is open to the public and offers materials for legal research, including non-circulating print materials and free access to Westlaw and other State databases. Copiers are available for use at $.10 per page.

Public Administrator

The Public Administrator is a public official who performs the job of a guardian, conservator or personal representative for an estate or incapacitated individual when there is no one else who can perform the job. The Public Administrator is appointed when there is no family or friends of the ward/protectee, there is significant disharmony in the family, or when the court removes an assigned administrator for not performing his or her duties.

Sheriff's Office

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office consists of two divisions: the Bailiff Division which is responsible for the safety and security of judges, court officers and the courtroom, and the Civil Division whose duties include service of civil process, sale of real and personal property, and execution of ordered evictions.

Threat Advisory

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