Who We Are
The North County Police Cooperative is a positive alternative to the status quo in policing. Community partnership is the driving force behind the forming of the CO-OP. Whether it is coaching youth athletic teams, providing a citizen’s police academy, throwing a movie night event or just getting out of the car and shaking hands during normal patrol, this endeavor cannot succeed without this strong bond between the police and the citizens we serve. We are humbled and grateful to have this unique opportunity; serving multiple cities in North St. Louis County and being welcomed as part of their families. With our continued partnership, we will take North County to even greater heights!
What We Do
The North County Police Cooperative currently serves seven North County Municipalities: Wellston, Pine Lawn, Vinita Terrace, Vinita Park, Beverly Hills, Velda Village Hills and Charlack. We provide all forms of policing services to each of these cities. Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene, Drug Enforcement, k9, Traffic Enforcement, Community Partnership and several other functions. Our police force has approximately 60 police officers and various civilian personnel. Each community we serve has a precinct office and all levels of ancillary police services for the public. Every precinct has a precinct commander who reports directly to the Mayor and Board of each municipality. The Chief of Police also reports directly to each Mayor and Board. In essence, each municipality has its own police force which responds to the unique needs of their community. This has been a very important facet of serving differing locales. Our goal is to provide the highest level of service, protection and professionalism to our citizens, working side by side with them in making our communities better.
From top to bottom, our officers are not only encouraged, but expected to participate in a multitude of Community Partnership programs. Our staff coaches several basketball teams from North County. Besides being fun, this provides a great way for us to bond with the younger children in the community. We also have a Police Explorers program which allows younger adults to understand the workings of an urban police department and gives our instructors an opportunity to better understand the thought processes of younger adults and their feelings on law enforcement. Many myths are overcome each time we put on a class. We also provide a Citizen’s Police Academy for older adults. Not only do the participants get to meet the officers and learn more about each other on a personal level, they also get to actively participate in training and ride along programs. Our last class all spent an entire evening working in the shooting simulator. The students loved getting the adrenaline pumping and putting their skills to the test. Movie Nights are one of the Chief’s favorite community engagements. It gives the citizens and officers a chance to spend time together outside the normal confines of the job. Kids and adults alike love the movies, hot dogs and popcorn. We have also opened a branch of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club for all of the municipalities we serve. In the Fall, we took all of the members to Six Flags for a great day riding roller coasters and eating cotton candy. They were all very tired, officers included, when they got home!!!!