Officer Wagner was appointed to the Hazelwood Police Department on Nov. 20, 1977, after graduating from the Greater St. Louis Police Academy. His initial assignment was with the uniformed patrol unit for the first 10 years. He later served as a member of the Criminal Investigative Team for 13 years and fulfilled these responsibilities: Certified Arson Investigator; Certified Computer Voice Stress Analyst; Evidence Custodian; and member of the Major Case Squad.
For the following three years, Officer Wagner returned to patroling Hazelwood neighborhoods. He was then re-assigned to the St. Louis Mills Substation when the shopping mall opened in Nov. 2003. To become more familiar with how to counteract criminal activities in a retail environment and to lend his expertise as a law enforcement officer, he became a member of the Retail Security Awareness Committee (RSAC). This group meets every month and addresses topics such as counterfeiting, Amber Alerts, organized crime alerts, etc. Officer Wagner also put together a weekly Mall Report for the department.
Here are some of Officer Wagner’s most noteworthy accomplishments during his career with the Hazelwood Police Department:
- In April 1988, he received a Commendation for the capture of a bank robbery suspect who broke into the Wetterau Employees Credit Union.
- In January 1995, he received a Commendation for the arrest and recovery of stolen property of a suspect charged with flourishing a weapon and robbery.
- In February 2002, he was nominated to receive Special Recognition for assisting with the location and removal of residents without complications from an apartment fire.
- On June 15, 2006, he was honored by the St. Louis Retail Loss Prevention Association. He was recognized for his efforts in combating external and internal theft and organized retail crime.
- In 2011, he was the recipient of the HPD’s Benevolent Association Award for his assistance over the years with the Annual Golf Tournament.
Officer Wagner has received many letters of thanks and commendation during his 34 years of service. He has proven to not only be an asset to the City of Hazelwood, but to the residents he served. In addition to his extensive background in law enforcement, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Business from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Wagner lives with his wife, Barb, in St. Charles. They have two children, Ryan and Anna.