Letter to the Public
Recent national and regional events have prompted the Manchester Police Chief, City Administrator and Mayor to review Police Department policies, training and organizational structure. The outcome from their hours of review is a letter to the community. The Policing in Manchester letter offers a close up of the department’s Use of Force policies, training, organizational values and community goals. While this letter represents the current perspective of the Manchester policing policies, the letter also seeks input and questions from City residents and friends. It’s the goal of the City to have the best municipal police department in the region, while always seeking ways to improve its community policing. The City and its Police Department seek new ideas and viewpoints from you!
After reading the letter, please forward your comments to:
Mayor Mike Clement firstname.lastname@example.org
City Administrator Larry Perney email@example.com
Police Chief Scott Will firstname.lastname@example.org
Message From the Chief
On behalf of the men and women of the Manchester Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our website. While browsing this site, I hope you will also take notice of the pride that our employees have in working for the citizens of Manchester.
Your police department is composed of professional and talented individuals who show a devotion to duty on a daily basis. We also recognize that we are part of a larger team of city employees and elected officials who are equally dedicated to the citizens we serve.
This website is only one of the resources we use to inform the public on issues relating to crime. You can also "Like" us on Facebook @manchestermopd where we post updated information on a nearly daily basis. We will soon be updating our mass texting program through the Nixle app. This will allow us to update the community on significant incidents or issues as close to real time than ever before.
The goal behind these technologies is allow the police department to quickly share information and improve communication with our citizens. We believe this will only help keep our community safe and informed.
It is an honor to serve as your Police Chief. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for improved police services, please feel free to contact me or my staff. I can be reached directly at 636-227-1410 or by email email@example.com
Scott R. Will, Chief of Police
The Manchester Police Department provides 24 hour a day police services to the city. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Answering calls for service
- Auto accident investigation
- Crime prevention,
- Enforcement of laws
- Protection of property within the city limits
- Traffic enforcement
The Chief of Police manages the overall activities of the department, including:
- Budget oversight
- Departmental human resources management
- Planning and development
- Police development
- Public information duties
The Manchester Police Department has 38 commissioned officers. Supervision of the department consists of the Chief, one captain, two lieutenants and seven sergeants. Normally there is a sergeant and four patrol officers on duty assigned to patrol the city at all times.
The department has two School Resource Officers. These are officers that are specifically assigned to Parkway South Senior High School and Parkway Southwest Middle School. One sergeant is assigned as a Community Orientated Policing (COPS) officer. A second sergeant is assigned as an administrative aid responsible for certification standards and operational readiness.
The detective bureau consists of four detectives and a sergeant. These are officers that work mainly in plain clothes, and conduct follow-up investigations to initial reports that are taken by uniformed officers.The police department also has a detective assigned to the St. Louis County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force. This officer is detached from the department for this assignment. The department also has three full-time and two part police clerks.
The department operates out of the police headquarters building located at 200 Highlands Boulevard Drive. The building also houses the municipal court and meeting facilities.