Services & Programs
The Ferguson Police Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life and promoting the well being of the citizens of the City of Ferguson. This goal is accomplished by working together with our citizens to facilitate effective and lasting solutions. The most important way we can work with citizens is through our services and programs. The Ferguson Police Department offers a number of services and programs to the community to better educate, communicate, and protect the citizens of this city. We sincerely hope you will take advantage of all of the programs that we offer.
Police Department Services
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
The Community Oriented Policing Services program is a new outlook on police work. This philosophy is based on a foundation of two-way communications between the police department and the community it serves. At the heart of the COPS philosophy is the thought that neighbors, working with police, could solve many neighborhood problems, before they lead to criminal problems. The Neighborhood Watch is an important part of this program.
Each patrol sector in the City of Ferguson has several officers that are responsible for coordinating the COPS activities in that area. These officers are the contact points between the citizens in their sector and the Police Department.
Special activities and watch meetings are scheduled by the block captains and are coordinated by the police community relations officer. This officer is responsible for scheduling watch meetings and special events throughout the city. He reports all COPS activities and meetings to the commander of the bureau of administration.
School Resource Officers (SRO)
The school resource officers duties vary widely from one location to another. An SRO is always first and foremost a law enforcement officer. The SROs may also provide counseling or advising. Although most do not carry a degree in psychology, they assist and augment school counselors in handling situations that they are uniquely qualified (in the schools) to handle.
SROs also provide law-related education since they have experience and training in matters related to law enforcement. They are proud to present this information to the staff, student, and parents.
Community Relations Officer
The community relations officer assists community groups and businesses in Ferguson by being available for public speaking engagements. He is also available to conduct a security analysis of your home.
The Ferguson Police Department offers guided tours of our police station on a regular basis. Most often these tours are held for scouting, school, or church groups. Tours typically last approximately one hour and can be altered to the needs of the group. When scheduling a police station tour, please allow two weeks lead time.
Police Department Programs
- Neighborhood Watch
- Community Emergency Response Team
- Crime Free Multi-Housing
- Volunteer in Police Service
Ferguson On Watch is a program of the Ferguson Police Department that allows citizens, in cooperation with the Ferguson Police Department, to directly participate in the detection and prevention of crime in their own neighborhoods. For more information on Ferguson On Watch and citizen involvement, click Learn More or contact the Police Department 314-522-3100.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team is a national program that trains participants to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters such as:
CERT is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Citizen Corps.
CERT membership is free and consists of 20 hours of training. Upon completion of the program participants are awarded a certificate, an emergency preparedness kit, and opportunities for continued training through CERT. Interested persons should contact the Fire Police Department at 314-522-1122. You do not have to be a Ferguson resident to participate in CERT training.
Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) Program
The CFMH Program utilizes a three-phase approach which ensures crime prevention. When each phase is completed, a certificate of completion is issued. Upon completion of all three phases, a property is issued a gold certificate and the rights to use the program logo in all of their advertisements.
Phase I - An eight-hour advanced management techniques seminar taught by law enforcement, management experts, and legal counsel
Phase II - A Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Survey to verify that the property meets program minimum safety standards
Phase III - An annual residential crime prevention meeting, called a safety social, will be planned and promoted by property staff
Fully certified CFMH properties can enjoy:
- A stable, more satisfied tenant base
- Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management
- Lower maintenance and repair costs
- Increased property values
- Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and managers
- Reduced calls for services by law enforcement staff
For More information on the Ferguson Crime Free Multi-Housing Program please contact 314-522-3100.
Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS)
The goal of the VIPS Program is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. The VIPS Program is managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with financial support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and private donations. The sergeant of communication (dispatch) is charged with the overall functions of this all-volunteer force. All VIPS have gone through the Citizen’s Police Academy and assist the Ferguson Police Department with activities.