On behalf of the members of the Hazelwood Police Department, welcome to our website. It is an honor and privilege to serve with the dedicated professionals of the Hazelwood Police Department. These fine men and women are the people who make this an exceptional organization and one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in Missouri. Through our staff’s competent and courteous service, we strive daily “to enhance the quality of life within our community”. Building upon the past successes of Community Policing, the Hazelwood Police Department incorporates a Problem-Solving philosophy that is supported by Intelligence-led principles. Through directed patrols and proactive enforcement, our staff works hard to prevent crimes and identify criminals. From Road Patrol to Dispatch, from Criminal Investigations to Records, from Community Services to Specialized Units, our dedicated employees are committed to making Hazelwood a safer place to work and live. The community has joined with our Police Department to forge a strong cooperative partnership built on trust and mutual respect. Through programs like Neighborhood Watch, the Police Explorer Program, and Citizens on Patrol every day residents are banding with our staff to help rid our streets of criminal activity. We are grateful for the open communication and generous support we receive from our citizens. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We look forward to working with you and making the City of Hazelwood even greater than it is today.
The City of Hazelwood is preparing for another dazzling Fourth of July fireworks display for residents and guests on Tuesday, July 4, at White Birch Park, 1186 Teson Road. The show is scheduled to begin around 9:15 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
This year marks the sixth consecutive time that Hazelwood has partnered with J&M Displays, Inc., for its annual pyro-musical fireworks show. Hazelwood’s crowds have never been disappointed with the shows in years past and they have good reason to anticipate another spectacular fireworks display in 2017.
Each year, J&M Displays, Inc., purchases new product to make their shows bigger and better than ever. This year, the company plans to use 4,800 effects in the Hazelwood show — all choreographed to patriotic music. Some of the new additions to the show include alternating green/gold/purple crossettes with are Z-shaped multi-shot units. Other special events include multi-colored stars and a lot of red/white/blue shell barrages bursting in the sky. Something that the children will love include whistler rockets and strobbing colored bees with lots of movements in the sky. All of these should be crowd pleasers.
“We look forward to a beautiful, cloudless night so everyone can see a great choreographed pyro-musical fireworks show in Hazelwood,” said Hazelwood Parks & Recreation Division Superintendent Doug Littlefield.
As in the past, there is no parking at White Birch Bay, with the exception of a limited number of accessible parking spots. Other parking areas include the following: Armstrong Elementary School; Hazelwood West High School; Howdershell Park; and the Knights of Columbus. Shuttle bus service will be provided for Armstrong Elementary School and Hazelwood West, starting at 7 p.m. Those who park their vehicles at Howdershell Park and Knights of Columbus can walk to the park.
To ensure the safety of all citizens, the City of Hazelwood will be restricting parking on streets which surround White Birch Park. This will allow for safe arrival and departure of pedestrians from the park. The following streets will have signs posted saying, “NO PARKING FROM 6 P.M. TO 11 P.M., ON JULY 4TH:” Altavia Dr.; Chula, Dr.; Monte Dr.; Christina Marie Lane; Christina Marie Court; Woodcrest Lane; Nathaniel Court; Amanda Lynn Dr.; Freeland Dr.; and Teson Road.
In the event rain postpones the fireworks display on July 4th, plans are to reschedule for July 5th. For more information on Hazelwood’s Fourth of July fireworks, call the Parks & Recreation Office at (314) 731-0980.
4 july 2017
The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) is inviting local residents to attend a community meeting at City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane, on Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. Department officials would like to give citizens a brief overview of their progress in developing a body-worn camera (BWC) system for their police officers. And, they would like to hear feedback from the public.
In February 2016, the HPD completed the application for a federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for over $56,000 to help defray the costs of implementing a body-worn camera system. In October 2016, the department received notice that they had been awarded a federal 50% matching grant from the BJA for $56,000. The City of Hazelwood will be responsible for adding a matching amount to make the total $112,000. In addition, the HPD was given a “green light” to begin the initial steps in the Policy and Implementation Program.
As part of the grant award, the HPD is required to conduct public outreach and stakeholder meetings. The department is also working with partners at the federal level as well as professionals in education, policy development, training and technical services to develop, incorporate and provide sustaining evidence-based BWC practices.
Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using BWCs as a promising tool to help improve law enforcement interactions with the public. BWCs can provide a visual and audio record of interactions. Some preliminary evidence indicates that the presence of BWCs helps strengthen accountability, transparency, and can assist in de-escalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community.
The HPD is finishing the process of developing its policy regarding BWCs. But the department wants to hear the opinions expressed from residents before its policy is finalized and sent to the BJA for evaluation and approval.
During the meeting, speakers will provide the audience with a brief history of how the department has used cameras and recording devices in the past. They will also describe what are BWCs and how these devices are worn on the officers’ uniforms to capture interaction during law enforcement contacts. There are various ways of wearing cameras such as on the chest, mounted on eyeglasses or the neck, and clipped to the belt. In addition, a discussion about the pros and cons of implementing a BWC program will take place as well as issues about privacy and who will have access to the camera video footage.
The department’s ultimate goal is to purchase BWCs for all Uniformed Patrol Officers and Traffic Unit Officers, which would total about 45. This would include patrol supervisors as well. The HPD projects the actual purchase of cameras to take place in early to mid-2018.
For more information about this community meeting on BWCs, contact Lt. Tim Burger at (314) 838-5000.
24 july 2017
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