Police Department Bureaus

Bureau of Field Operations
Patrol Division

The Olivette Police Department Patrol Division, a division of the Bureau of Field Operations, consists of two lieutenants, six sergeants and eight officers. The unit is overseen by the Deputy Chief, Major David Berry. Major Berry reports directly to the Chief of Police, Colonel Beth Andreski. 

The Patrol Division has two platoons working rotating day-night shifts.  Each platoon is made up of two shifts - one day shift (6 AM - 6 PM), and one night shift (6 PM - 6 AM).  Each squad consists of four officers per squad including supervisors. The Patrol Division works 12 hours shifts. 

During each shift, a watch commander will be designated as the officer with supervisory responsibility over the shift. The watch commander will be a lieutenant or sergeant. Each watch commander reports and is accountable to the Deputy Chief. Each shift consists of three or four officers including the watch commander.  The Patrol Division's responsibilities include responding to calls for services and providing continuous 24/7/365 delivery of police services to the community.

Specialized Assignments

Specialized assignments are permanent positions within the department, selectively filled by the Chief of Police of one Department patrol officer.  Officer's assigned to these positions report directly to Major Berry.  These positions are regularly assessed for function within the Department as well as needs to best serve the Olivette Community. These assignments are relatively new roles to the Department which will allow officers to use their various skill sets and desire to seek innovative and proactive ways to carry out the Department's Mission and Vision Statements, and positively influence and serve the community as leaders among regional partners .


The Traffic Officer is responsible for directed traffic enforcement, crash investigation and reporting, DWI enforcement, traffic equipment maintenance, and other related duties.

Community Engagement

Community EngagementThe Community Engagement Officer is responsible for maintaining and developing community engagement programs and coordinating community outreach opportunities ( i.e. Olivette Night Out, Neighborhood Watch, Coffee with a Cop);
representing the Department and instruction of the Citizen’s Police Academy; assisting with Department recruitment efforts; coordinating with the City’s Communications Manager; and assisting with other various Department administrative tasks.

View the Olivette Police Department Organizational Chart here.

Bureau of Criminal Investigations

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations is comprised of two investigators. The detectives assigned to this division have many hours of specialized training and years of experience. The detectives network with many of the citizens and businesses of Olivette as well as the neighboring cities. These contacts add to the ability to investigate crimes more efficiently. The work load is sometimes demanding and there are times when investigators are called out at all hours of the night. The case could be a death investigation, felony assault, or an abused or neglected child. The detectives also investigate financial crimes, missing or exploited children and adults, burglaries, robberies, narcotics and domestic violence cases.

View the Olivette Police Department Organizational Chart here.

Bureau of Professional Standards

This position is filled by a supervisor (either sergeant or Lieutenant).  Along with drafting and developing Department policies and procedures, the supervisor in this role is also responsible for strategic planning, oversight of the CALEA Accreditation process, emergency management functions, assisting with internal affairs matters and various administrative functions.

Learn more about the CALEA Accreditation process by clicking here. (Attention, clicking the link to view CALEA Accreditation information takes you to an external site not managed by the City of Olivette.)

View the Olivette Police Department Organizational Chart here.

East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC)

The East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC) is a comprehensive consolidated effort to serve the public safety communication needs of eight municipalities within St. Louis County. An intergovernmental agreement was formalized between the Cities of Clayton, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Shrewsbury, Rock Hill, Brentwood, and Webster Groves. This agreement serves to designate the ECDC as the multi-jurisdictional center for all emergency communications with regards to fire, police, and emergency medical services for the participating cities.

The ECDC embodies the vision of the eight member cities by sharing resources that will allow them to continue to provide excellence in service while simultaneously striving to maintain the highest level of technology. Cost-sharing made possible through the consolidated approach creates a more efficient level of service. The ECDC will also strive to increase the probability of obtaining grants that will further its operations and the capabilities of every municipality involved. 

The staff of the East Central Dispatch center has many responsibilities including answering all incoming informational, emergency and 911 calls. Each call is evaluated and the appropriate Public Safety personnel are dispatched to handle the situation. They provide law enforcement with REJIS record inquiries and provide emergency medical dispatch to ensure accurate and prompt care to all callers. ECDC employees monitor panic alarms that are strategically placed throughout city facilities. Dispatchers are responsible for monitoring prisoners held in the jail/holdover facility via closed-circuit cameras. ECDC also houses five of the cities warrants and the dispatchers verify these warrants for other law enforcement agencies. Dispatchers regularly monitor additional radio frequencies which allow them to communicate with State Highway Patrol, and neighboring Police and Fire Departments. In addition to computer controlled radio communications, each console has an active 9-1-1 position, and a terminal connecting the dispatcher with REJIS, MULES, Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle and Driver's License Bureaus, and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). 

The mission will be accomplished through constant professional in-service training, coupled with quality assurance standards. The goal of the training and professional standards is the retention of a dedicated staff of efficient, empathetic, and skilled professionals. ECDC has a strong commitment to proficiency and motivated performance while serving as the vital link between the public and the agencies served. 

This type of consolidated agency development puts the member cities into a unique, innovative, and leading example of functional cooperation for the entire St. Louis metropolitan region.  For more information on the East Central Dispatch Center, click here.