Hazelwood Police Department

Operations Group

Operations Group 

The Operations Group under the guidance of the Operations Group Manager, assisted by four (4) Police Inspectors and five (5) Team Supervisors consist of two operational units.

Neighborhood Patrol Unit

This unit consists of six (6) Neighborhood Patrol Teams which are primarily responsible for the preservation of the peace and tranquility of the community. The teams provide proactive problem solving policing services in all phases of the operation, which can be performed efficiently and effectively by uniformed officers. The members of these teams are assigned permanent work shifts and patrol sectors to enhance their ability to resolve community problems. The teams also provide traffic enforcement, traffic accident investigation, and all other duties as outlined by state statute, city ordinance, and department policy and guidelines.

Neighborhood Support Unit

This unit consists of the Criminal Investigation Team, Youth Interaction Team and Prisoner Transport/Evidence Team.

Criminal Investigation Team

The Criminal Investigation Team is responsible for the follow-up investigation of assigned cases, recovery of stolen property, identification and arrest of perpetrators of major crimes and case preparation for court, fugitive arrests, vice and narcotics, intelligence and crime scene processing and evidence collection on major crimes.

Youth Interaction Team

The Youth Interaction Team has two main objectives: 1) to keep young people from being perpetrators of violence; and 2) to keep them from becoming victims of violence. This team works closely with school personnel, Juvenile Court personnel and other organizations to develop educational, recreational and anti-crime programs and activities that will help youth understand and resist violence. This team assigns one (1) member as a Juvenile Detective to provide follow-up investigation of assigned juvenile cases, assist the neighborhood patrol officers with the development of intelligence information and eradication of gang activity in their neighborhoods by providing a proactive directed patrol in specified areas, which have been determined to have possible gang activity. This team coordinates the Department's School Resource Officer program and assigns two (2) members as School Resource Officers. This team also provides instruction for the Demand Reduction Program, i.e. Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in the community schools along with other innovative programs, which are aimed at reducing the demand for illegal drugs and alcohol by the youth of the community, and assigns one (1) member as a Demand Reduction Officer.

Prisoner Transport/Evidence Unit


Under the guidance of the Manager of the Neighborhood Support Group, this unit is responsible for the safe keeping, storage and efficient retrieval of department evidence.