Born in St. Louis in 1945, Cutt grew up with a passion for serving his country and protecting local residents as a police officer. He was a military police officer in the U.S. Army from June 1962 until he was honorably discharged with the classification of 5-A in June 1967. After a brief employment period with the City of Florissant, Cutt began working for the Hazelwood Police Department on September 3, 1968.
Even before graduating from The Greater St. Louis Police Academy on March 13, 1975, he was promoted to Sergeant on the Hazelwood police force in 1971 which is a testament to his abilities and dedication to protect and serve the citizens of Hazelwood. Cutt was later promoted to Lieutenant in 1986.
Over the years, Cutt has received countless letters of commendation and thanks from dozens of citizens. Some of the honors he received during an impeccable career spanning four decades include the following: the Heroes for Heroes Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in November 1999; the City’s Above and Beyond Award in August 2000; and a Special Recognition Award from the City of Hazelwood in December 2000.
Other Hazelwood police officers who were honored for their years of dedicated service to the department included Lieutenant Ken Jewson, who was awarded his 30-year employee recognition service pin, and Officer Norm Mars, who received his 15-year employee recognition service pin.
Ken Jewson was appointed to the Hazelwood Police Department on February 4, 1980, as a police officer after serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He completed 600 hours of training with the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety in May, 1983. Jewson also earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Ciminal Justice Management and Sociology from Tarkio College in 1985.
While moving up through the ranks to his current position as Lieutenant, Jewson has held several positions within the department. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in December 1983. He served as a member of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad from 1985 to 1998. Also, Jewson was promoted to Sergeant in January 1998. In September 1999, he graduated from the FBI National Academy. In addition, Jewson was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2008 and has recently been assigned to the Professional Standards Unit.
Norm Mars first began his employment with the City of Hazelwood as a part-time dispatcher from April 1992 to May 1993. Afterwards, he left the City for full-time employment elsewhere. In April 1995, Mars was re-hired as a full-time dispatcher where he served in this capacity for several years. During this time period, he attended the Eastern Missouri Police Academy part-time and graduated in December 1998 to become a certified police officer. In May 1999, Mars became a police officer with the department and was assigned to the Neighborhood Patrol Team. He later joined the Traffic Unit in 2005 where he is currently assigned. His specialities include being a Field Training Officer, an Instructor for the Fields of Impaired Driver Detention, DataMaster and the proper use of standardized field sobriety tests, and an Accident Investigator and Reconstructionist.