Programs & Services
Neighborhood Watch is composed of citizens interested in decreasing the amount of crimes, such as burglary and vandalism, that occur in their neighborhoods. As part of the program, Maryland Heights residents are trained to protect their property and themselves by securing their home from unlawful entry.
Citizens are trained to report suspicious activities to the police department immediately and what kind of information is needed by the police department to be effective in responding to a suspicious activity. The Neighborhood Watch Program stresses identifying personal property through marking, photographing and preparing property inventories.
Neighborhood watch programs have been shown to increase feelings of security in participants, particularly those who live alone. As part of a neighborhood watch, residents can become friends and areas become neighborhoods - neighborhoods that care.
Ready to start a Neighborhood Watch program for your area? Neighborhood Watch.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by the Maryland Heights Police Department, educators, students, parents, and community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children.
The D.A.R.E. Program offers preventive strategies to enhance those protective factors-especially bonding to the family, school, and community-which appear to foster the development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviors. Researchers have identified certain protective and social bonding factors in the family, school, and community which may foster resiliency in young people, in other words, the capacity of young people for healthy, independent growth in spite of the adverse conditions. These strategies focus on the development of social competence, communication skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision-making, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and independence, and positive alternative activities to drug abuse and other destructive behaviors.
The Maryland Heights Police department has one full-time officer, Bob Heitert, that instructs D.A.R.E. in the Pattonville School District. The officer visits a total of five elementary schools located within the city. The officers visit not only the fifth grade students, but also conduct visitations to all the grade levels from kindergarten through fourth grade.
For additional information about D.A.R.E., visit www.dare.com.
Home Safe is a free service offered by the Maryland Heights Police Department that will help officers make contact and develop plans with those who have medical conditions or disabilities which can make effective communication challenging. It provides law enforcement with critical information about those registered that will enable them to sensitively and meaningfully respond to people with special needs should emergency situations potentially arise. All information provided is confidential and can only be accessed by a Maryland Heights Police Dispatcher or Officer in the case of an emergency.
How does Home Safe work?
Once registered, the Home Safe database provides the MHPD with quick access to critical information about a registered person with disabilities or medical conditions in case they get lost or wander away. If an officer finds someone who cannot communicate where they live, the officer can search the database by description and return the person to their home and loved ones safely.
You can sign yourself or your loved ones up for the Home Safe program by contacting Officer Terry Mancusi at email@example.com or accessing the registration link below. Additionally, the MHPD is able to meet in-person with those applying. Meeting an officer in a safe and comfortable setting (of your choice) will allow the individual to introduce themselves, ask questions and make a friend. Those interested can contact Officer Mancusi at here or by email. At that time, please let us know if there are any sensory issues or specific behaviors that we should be aware of.
Who is eligible for Home Safe?
All members of our community with a disability, special needs or other medical/sensory conditions that may have challenges communicating are encouraged to register for Home Safe.
What should I do if my loved one goes missing?
Call 9-1-1 immediately and explain your loved one's medical condition or special needs. If they are enrolled in Home Safe, please let the dispatcher know when you call. If your loved one is not registered with our Home Safe program, please make sure you have the following information on hand to provide to the dispatcher and arriving officers:
- If they can verbally communicate, or how they communicate
- What names are they responsive to
- Their medication needs
- Places they are most likely to visit
- If they are afraid of noises, loud sounds, being touched, etc...
Click here to register for Home Safe
MH Alerts is an emergency mass notification system operated by the City of Maryland Heights Police Department and Communications Division. The City of Maryland Heights is able to alert residents and businesses about emergencies and will provide essential, time-sensitive information quickly to our designated area.
To learn more about these alerts and to sign up, please click the button below.
Project Childsafe Gunlock Giveaway
Maryland Heights Police Department offers free safety locks for handguns, rifles and shotguns to residents who need them (limit two per resident). The safety locks are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Maryland Heights Police Department, 11911 Dorsett Rd. For more information, call (314) 298-8700.
“We strongly encourage residents to pick up a safety kit so that they can securely store their firearms,” Police Chief Bill Carson said. “The goal of distributing the gun locks is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from getting a hold of a firearm in your home.”
The program is sponsored by Project ChildSafe, which is organized and managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and funded by the firearms industry and grants from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The safety devices are short cables with locking ends that are looped through the cylinders of revolvers, the bolt-holding devices of bolt-action rifles, and the ejection ports of automatic pistols and pump-action shotguns. They open with a key.
Police urge all gun owners—especially those with children in their homes—to use safety locks on their firearms and keep them out of sight, preferably in a gun safe.
Only car accidents and cancer cause more deaths among children and young adults than accidents, suicides and homicides involving firearms. And studies have linked ease of access to guns as a contributing factor to the high firearms death rate.
Project ChildSafe has formed partnerships with governors, lieutenant governors, U.S. attorneys, mayors and local law enforcement agencies to distribute the gun locks and safety information. Since 2003, Project ChildSafe has distributed millions of the free locking device kits which include educational material about responsible gun ownership, safety and storage. For more information, visit www.projectchildsafe.org.
Safety Town is designed for preschool-aged children (ages 3.5-5 years) to teach them basic safety practices. Kids will learn the importance of signals and signs, proper seat belt use, the dangers of home poisons, using caution with animals, dealing with strangers, home fire safety and much, much more! A Maryland Heights Police Officer will conduct each session and this camp ends with a graduation celebration.
This program typically runs in June and July with registration beginning in April. To inquire about available sessions or to register, please call (314) 738-2599, visit www.marylandheights.com/Guide or stop by the Maryland Heights Community Center. Space is limited!
Test My Teen
The Maryland Heights Police Department is partnering with TestMyTeen.com to offer parents of teens a FREE drug testing kit. Our approach helps parents protect their teen from the dangers of substance abuse without sacrificing privacy. It also provides a pathway for parents and teens to rebuild trust and repair damaged relationships caused by previous drug use.
The website also has a feature that allows parents and teens to “Ask The Counselor” a question. They can also refer parents to counseling services for more therapy and interventions if needed.
Click here and enter the code 3V7F8. The program provides one free drug testing kit per household. If you have more than one teenager per household, you can contact testmyteen.com and request another kit through the site.
The process is all confidential and none of this information is shared with the police department. We receive no data (including test results) from this website.
We encourage parents to use this FREE program to test their children if you believe they are in danger or are using drugs.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Officer Terry Mancusi, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizen's Police Academy
The Citizen's Police Academy is a free 10-week community education program intended on building lasting relationships between program participants and the Maryland Heights Police Department, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and achieving the best police service to the Maryland Heights community.
The program is taught by members of the Maryland Heights Police Department and gives program participants a broad understanding of the services we provide and of the criminal justice system. The program helps dispel concerns and misconceptions that help improve police and community rapport.
This program is available to those who live and work in Maryland Heights. Admission is by application only. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A background check will be performed.
The Citizen's Police Academy starts accepting applications for its sessions in January. If you are interested in this program, please check back for updated information.
Registration for Youth Academy is Now Open!
Do you know a teen who would like to learn more about law enforcement? MHPD Youth Academy allows young adults, ages 13-17, to learn aspects of law enforcement in a quasi-academy setting under the direction of veteran police officers.
Sessions will include training and hands-on activities in investigative procedures, ethics, first-aid, defensive tactics, computer crimes, physical drills, and more.
July 10 - 14, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Click Here to Register
This program is free to attend and available to Maryland Heights residents. Space is limited. Register online to secure your spot.
Reserve police officers are fully trained and licensed officers authorized to work anywhere in the State of Missouri, just as our full-time police officers are. Our reserve officers here are held to the same standards as are our full-time officers, to include ongoing training and licensing, as well as age requirements. Most of our reserve officers came to Maryland Heights with several years of full-time police service, but are now working full-time careers in other professions.
We are always accepting applications from candidates interested in our reserve program. Since reserve officer applicants are subject to the same standards as our full-time officers, they go through the same background investigation; which includes both a psychological and a medical examination. Any interested candidates, who already possess their Missouri Class “A” P.O.S.T. License, can contact Sergeant Jeff Swatek at (314) 738-2359 or email for more information.
Sex Offender Information
The Maryland Heights Police Department frequently receives inquiries concerning the state’s Sexual Offender list, and while we do receive updates, we do not publish our own list of local offenders. For information about offenders, the Family Watch Dog web site located at http://www.familywatchdog.us/ provides addresses and photographs of individuals on the sex offender registry along with a short description of the crime. The Missouri State Highway Patrol also maintains a registry of sex offenders which can accessed by going to http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/CJ38/search.jsp and typing “sex offender” in the search box in the upper right corner. When that page opens, click on the “Registered Sex Offender List” link, you will then be directed to the MSHP Sex Offender Registry.
Drug Disposal Locations
The Maryland Heights Police Department offers a drop box available to our residents.
The following types of medications will be accepted:
- Prescription and over the counter medications
- Pet medications
- Vitamins and supplements
- Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
- Liquid medications in a leak proof container
- Homeopathic and herbal remedies
We will NOT accept the following items:
- Needles and sharps
- Syringes with needles
- IV bags and tubing
- Bloody or infectious waste
- Illegal drugs
When you arrive at the station with your items, please contact a dispatcher (see Communications window) and request to speak with a police officer to dispose of your unused medications. The responding officer will need to check your items to make sure they are approved items. This service is not designed to accept mass quantities of drugs from facilities such as nursing homes.There are other locations listed below, that are certified drop-off locations to dispose of your old over-the-counter and prescription drugs. We encourage you to call the location prior to your visit to ensure that they are still participating in the disposal program.
Information Source: http://ncada-stl.org/get-involved/prescription-drug-drop-off-locations/
St. Louis County
- St. Louis County Police: North County 314-355-1200 11815 Benham Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138
- Florissant Police Dept.: 314-831-7000 1700 N. Hwy 67, Florissant, MO 63033
- Olivette Police Dept.: 314-645-3000 9473 Olive Blvd., Olivette, MO 63132
- City of Ladue Police Dept.: 314-933-1214 9345 Clayton Rd., Ladue, MO 63124
- Webster Groves Police Dept.: 314-963-5402 4 S. Elm, Webster Groves, MO 63119
- Ballwin Police Dept.: 636-227-9636 300 Park Dr., Ballwin, MO 63011
- St. John Police Dept.: (no box, but police will handle disposal) 314-427-8706 8944 St. Charles Rock Rd. #100, St. Louis, MO 63114
- St. Ann Police Dept.: 314-427-8009 10405 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. Ann, MO 63074
- St. Louis County Police: West County 636-225-0425 232 Vance Rd., St. Louis, MO 63088
- Manchester Police Dept.: 636-227-1410 200 Highlands Boulevard Drive, Manchester, MO 63011
- Eureka Police Dept.: 636-938-6600 120 City Hall Dr., Eureka, MO 63025
- Sunset Hills Police Dept.: 314-849-4400 3095 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63127
- St. Louis County Police: Southwest 314-638-5550 9928 Gravois Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123
- St. Louis County Police: South County 314-892-1510 3031 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
St. Charles County
- O’Fallon Police Dept.: 636-240-3200 100 N. Main St., O’Fallon, MO 63366
- Wentzville Police Dept.: 636-327-5101 1019 Schroeder Creek Blvd., Wentzville, MO 63385
St. Clair County
- Fairmont City Police Dept.: 618-274-4504 2601 N. 41st St., Fairmont City, IL 62201
- Caseyville Police Dept.: 618-344-2151 10 W. Morris St., Caseyville, IL 62232
- Fairview Heights Police Dept.: 618-489-2100 10027 Bunkum Rd., Fairview Heights, IL 62208
- O’Fallon Police Dept.: 618-624-4545 285 N. 7 Hills Rd., O’Fallon, IL 62269
- St. Clair County Sheriff’s Dept.: 618-277-3504 700 N. 5th St., Belleville, IL 62220
- Collinsville Police Dept.: 618-344-2131 125 S. Center St., Collinsville, IL 62234
- Troy Police Dept.: 618-667-6731 116 E. Market St., Troy, IL 62294
- Bethalto Police Dept.: 618-377-5266 213 N. Prairie St., Bethalto, IL 62010
- Alton Police Dept.: 618-463-3505 1700 E. Broadway, Alton, IL 62002
- Madison County Sheriff’s Dept.: 618-692-6087 405 Randle St., Edwardsville, IL 62025
- Edwardsville Police Dept.: 618-656-2131 400 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL 62025
- Highland Police Dept.: 618-654-2131 820 Mulberry St., Highland, IL 62249
- Maryville Police Dept.: 618-344-8899 2500 N. Center St., Maryville, IL 62062
- E. Zone Sheriff’s Office: 636-797-6236 955 Windsor Harbor Rd., Imperial, MO 63052
- Arnold Police Dept.: 636-296-3204 2101 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO 63010
- De Soto City Hall Lobby: 636-586-5617 17 Boyd St., De Soto, MO 63020
- Pevely Police Dept.: 636-475-4498 401 Main St., Pevely, MO 63070
- New Haven Police Dept.: 573-237-2211 1100 Olive Rd., New Haven, MO 63068
- Washington Police Dept.: 636-390-1050 301 Jefferson St., Washington, MO 63090
- Union Police Dept.: 636-583-3700 119 S. Church St., Union, MO 63084
- St. Clair Police Dept.: 636-629-1313 1 Paul Parks Dr., St. Clair, MO 63077
- Sullivan Police Dept.: 573-468-8001 106 Progress Pkwy., Sullivan, MO 63080
- Pacific Police Dept.: 636-256-2424 300 North Hoven Dr., Pacific, MO 63069
- Gerald Police Dept.: 573-764-3424 106 E. Fitzgerald Ave., Gerald, MO 63037
- Columbia Police Dept.: 618-281-5151 1020 N. Main St., Columbia, IL 62236
- Freeburg Police Dept.: 618-539-3132 14 Southgate Center Freeburg, IL 62243
- Waterloo Police Dept.: 618-939-3377 301 South Main Street, Waterloo, IL 62298
- Truesdale Police Dept.: 636-456-3166 109 Pinckney St., Truesdale, MO 63383