St. Louis PD Command Staff Hiding At Home While Not Even Giving Cops Sanitizer

Sandy Malone

Several St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officials are telecommuting their supervision of District One officers.

St. Louis, MO – Some officials from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are working from home so they don’t get exposed to coronavirus by interacting with the officers who have been out on the streets.

Sources told Blue Lives Matter that multiple officials in District One are telecommuting during the coronavirus pandemic while the rank-and-file officers have each been handed goggles, one mask, and gloves, but left to buy their own sanitizer to protect themselves as they interact with the public.

“The command staff is worried about contracting the virus from the beat officers,” one source told Blue Lives Matter.

The St. Louis Metropolitan P.D. denied that any officials were telecommuting from home when contacted by Blue Lives Matter.

“In the interest of ‘Social Distancing’ all districts have been given the authority to use satellite locations to minimize personal contact,” St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sergeant Keith Barrett told Blue Lives Matter in an email. “This helps reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 if a member of our department comes in contact with persons that might be infected.”

“With that said no one is working from home,” Sgt. Barrett added.

However, department sources confirmed that at least seven District One officials were logging in from home to supervise officers patrolling the Bevo Mill, Boulevard Heights, Carondelet, Carondelet Park, Holly Hills, Mount Pleasant, Patch, Princeton Heights neighborhoods, as well as portions of Dutchtown and South Hampton.

Blue Lives Matter reached out to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to learn more about how the department is enacting its social distancing protocols, including whether the homes of the officials who are telecommuting have been designated as official “satellite locations,” as Sgt. Barrett’s remarks implied.

We also asked whether those officials all lived within the confines of the police district they were supervising, and whether officials from any other districts had put “satellite offices” in their homes.

Sgt. Barrett responded that “the directive authorized was previously mentioned in my last email.”

There were 502 positive cases of coronavirus in Missouri as of Thursday afternoon, and eight people have died, according to Bing's COVID-19 Tracker.

Forty-four residents of the city of St. Louis have tested positive and one has died.

The much-larger, adjacent St. Louis County has 173 positive cases and has had one fatality.

Comments (7)
LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Are there no other good jobs in MO? What a chicken-sh_t operation. The risk of being a LEO just went up - and (at least some of) the Command Staff is hiding?!?

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Ahhh, so they aren't working from home, they are practicing social distancing by establishing satellite offices within their personal residences where they are able to supervisor their personnel and perform their daily job duties during their normally scheduled workday, as authorized by the PD's administration.

But to be clear, they aren't working from home.

Wolf Hunter
Wolf Hunter

At least at home, they will be less of an impediment.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

For decades the department did not provide adequate equipment including weapons, leather gear, cars, etc. The political hierarchy there is similar to a mini Chicago. Plus declining residents means less money.

JCRPI
JCRPI

This fly's in the face of every leadership principle - while management level personnel don't necessarily need to be down in the trenches - we all know that they tend to just get in the way - command level personnel need to have the actual feel of what it's like down in the mud and the blood and the beer. Distancing yourself from the troops is an unforgivable act of cowardness!

Grog
Grog

Piss poor leadership, or lack there of!

Woobie46
Woobie46

Why am I not surprised?


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