Meet the Department
The City of Ferguson's Police Department numbers 62 personnel including 45 commissioned officers and 17 civilian support staff. The officers are all police academy graduates and are certified peace officers by the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
Two supervisors are graduates of the FBI National Academy. Many of our officers have bachelors or advanced degrees. All officers participate in advanced continuous training in numerous areas of law enforcement.
In addition to our uniform patrol officers and criminal investigation detectives, the department is supplemented with 3 K-9 officers, bicycle patrol, and a traffic unit. The department has its own correctional facility, maintains evidence and property, and on-site indoor firearms range. Our relationship with the community is enhanced by our commitment of personnel to the positions of Community Relations, DARE, and School Resource Officers.
Bureau of Accreditation
The Ferguson Police Department has chosen to become certified under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcements Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.) Certification Program. CALEA exists to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a credible and best-in-class body of standards, developed by a highly regarded group of public safety practitioners; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence through a highly coveted, comprehensive awards program.
CALEA provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards and processes for decision-making. Compliance is verified by a team of independent, unbiased (out-of-state), CALEA-trained assessors. To further safeguard its standards against dilution and to promote the continuation of best practices, CALEA applies strong conflict of interest reviews to ensure its assessors are always able to provide unadulterated assessments of candidate agencies. It is CALEA's inherent obligation to ensure the concept of accreditation will always remain a mark of excellence for agencies participating in its programs and to maintain brand integrity. CALEA owes this to its clients, partnering associations, and the broader public safety community.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation consists of six full-time commissioned investigators and one narcotics detective. The narcotics detective, while assigned to the Bureau of Investigation, is detached to the St. Louis County Drug Task Force. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is responsible for the following activities:
- Conducting follow-up investigations on active crimes reported to the department
- Juvenile follow-up investigations, referring juvenile apprehensions to juvenile court, or disposing of them logically
- Collect, process, and record criminal intelligence information related to organized crime, vice, narcotics activity, and other criminal activities; conduct undercover investigations and support undercover operatives
- Develop, maintain contact with, and appropriately record information from informants
- Maintain and care for all specialized and technical criminal investigative equipment
- Maintain liaison with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and other law enforcement agencies for the purpose of coordinating activities and exchanging of information
Bureau of Field Operations
The Bureau of Field Operations is more commonly known or referred to as Uniformed Patrol. Personnel assigned to field operations are the officers that are seen patrolling the streets and businesses in Ferguson and are responsible for answering the more than 25,000 annual calls for police service. This includes everything from noise complaints, to traffic accidents, to serious felony crimes involving weapons.
Field Operations Staff & Duties
The 32 field operations officers are divided into two platoons with two squads of eight officers per platoon. Each platoon is commanded by a lieutenant and each squad is supervised by a sergeant. Officers are on patrol 24 hours per day seven days per week. Each squad has a canine team and each squad will have officers with differing certifications.
Some are firearms instructors who are responsible to see that each squad member is qualified with their firearm. Field training officers are responsible for training new officers when they are hired.