Last week, Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson presented a proclamation to Police Chief Gregg Hall, which was approved by City Council members, designating the week of May 14-20 as “Police Week 2017.” This document publicly salutes the City of Hazelwood’s law enforcement officers for their countless hours of dedicated service, and calls upon all citizens to observe this week with appropriate activities commemorating police officers both past and present.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date fails as Police Week. Fifty years later, thousands of law enforcement officers still converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in numerous activities planned to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Three of Hazelwood’s Police Officers will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to attend the ceremony.
In observance of Police Week 2017, Hazelwood Police Officers will be wearing a Thin Blue Line Pin on their uniform shirt. A Thin Blue Line Flag will be displayed in front of City Hall as well. In addition, as a way to show gratitude to Hazelwood Police Officers for their dedicated service, the Hazelwood Police Wives Association will be hosting an Appreciation Luncheon in honor of National Police Week on May 18th at City Hall.
The members of Hazelwood’s police force play a vital role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of residents living in the community. The department deploys professional, self-disciplined and self-motivated officers and empowers them to take action to resolve problems, create relationships with community partners, and improve the social environment of local neighborhoods.
“It is a honor and privilege for me to serve with the dedicated professionals of our Hazelwood Police Department. These fine men and women are the people who make our organization exceptional and one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in the state of Missouri,” Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall said. “Through our staff’s competent and courteous service, we strive to enhance the quality of life within our community on a daily basis.”
Through directed patrols and proactive enforcement, Hazelwood’s police force works hard to prevent crimes and identify criminals. From Road Patrol to Dispatch, Criminal Investigations to Records and Community Services to Specialized Units, Hazelwood’s Police Officers are committed to make the City a safer place to live and work.
The Police Department had been successful in forging a strong cooperative partnership between its officers and the community built on trust and mutual respect. Through programs like Neighborhood Watch, the Police Explorers Program, and Citizens on Patrol, local residents are partnering with the department’s staff to help rid the streets of criminal activity. “We are grateful for the open communication and generous support we receive from our citizens,” Chief Hall noted.
To help make this bond stronger, the Hazelwood Police Benevolent Association has started sponsoring a community outreach program known as “Breakfast with Badges.” The next event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, at Jo Jo’s Diner located at 6849 Howdershell Road. Starting time is 8 a.m. It gives residents an opportunity to get to know the Police Officers that serve their community while having a free breakfast. This casual, friendly atmosphere encourages continued communication between law enforcement and residents. Those who wish to attend should contact Glen Robinson or Michele Wicks at (314) 513-5207 to confirm their R.S.V.P.