The Hazelwood Police Department is established as a permanent police force by virtue of the City Charter. It exists for the purpose of providing police service for the City of Hazelwood, Missouri.
The police department is one department in a complex organization of municipal government. The police represents government's interface with the private lives of individuals.
The personnel of the department consist of sworn police officer members and civilian members. All members of the department are appointed in compliance with the City of Hazelwood rules pertaining to the appointment of its employees. In addition, sworn police officers are certified in accordance with MoRS Chapter 590.110.
The number of members of the Department will be set, from time to time, by the City Council.
The control of the police department is vested, by City Charter, to the Chief of Police subject to the authority of the City Manager.
The Chief of Police is responsible to the City Manager for the proper administration and command of the department, the suppression of crime, and the execution of policies, rules and procedures of the department. The Chief of Police is delegated such power and authority as necessary to fulfill his duties and responsibilities.
"Peace Officer", as used in this document, means a City of Hazelwood employed Missouri State Certified Peace Office or reserve officer, and by extension and where applicable, any other paid or volunteer member of the agency.
The Hazelwood Police Department's primary functions are the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace and order, safe movement of traffic, provision for emergency service and the delivery of effective and efficient quality service.
Police Departments are professional organizations comprised of men and women who are empowered by society to serve as the guardians of society's "goodness". Organizations of professionals are distinguished by extensive and continuing professional training, shared and understanding of and commitment to the values of the profession, extensive lateral communication, and - perhaps most important - by the absence of elaborate and complex hierarchies.
The Hazelwood Police Department deploys professional, innovative, self-disciplined and self-motivated officers directly into the community. The Department envisions the empowerment of patrol officers to take independent action to solve problems, create partnerships with the community, and improve the social environment of the neighborhood they serve. The organization is structured, managed, and operated in a manner which supports the efforts of the neighborhood patrol officers and encourages a cooperative approach to solving problems.