City of Festus Police Department Divisions
The Patrol Division is the “backbone” of the department, charged with preventing criminal activity, protecting life and property, preserving the peace, check suspicious persons and vehicles, investigate crimes and offenses, and make arrests. The patrol officer has many different roles, they act as a protector, law enforcer, investigator, counselor, problem solver, peacekeepers, and an interpreter of the law. This division provides pro-active patrol and efficient response to reported incidents, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, within the City of Festus.
The Detective Bureau meets daily to discuss current trends and pending cases, interacting with other agencies' investigative bureaus and often helps coordinate such things as arrest and search warrants. The Detective Bureau has the common goal of improving the quality of life in the community by concentrating on those people in society who commit crime.
Sgt. Doug Wendel provides Support Services including the oversight of the vehicle maintenance program making sure all of the patrol vehicles are kept in good working order and that all of their equipment is up to date and operating correctly, grant administration, assisting the Evidence Division of the department, and oversight of the local RCCEEG lab.
The Festus Police Department Communications Center is staffed, 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, by 7 civilian dispatchers, 2 civilian supervisors, under the command of a Sergeant. Their duties include, but are not limited to, answering all 911 calls and all non-emergency calls for service, classifying, prioritizing and dispatching the appropriate Police Department, Fire Department, and Ambulance personnel to calls for service, monitoring their status while on the calls, as well as supplying any additional information needed during the duration of the call, data entry and retrieval in the various law enforcement computer systems, assisting citizens that walk into the station, along with after hour’s emergency calls for all city services.
Patrolman Dan Riewer collaborates with the Festus R-6 School District for the D.A.R.E. curriculum. D.A.R.E. is a ten-lesson program in which the officer teaches the fifth grade students for one class period a week. The course culminates with a D.A.R.E. graduation in which parents, grandparents, and others are invited to participate. When Patrolman Riewer is not teaching D.A.R.E., he works with the patrol division.
The Twin City S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) is a specialized tactical team that is on call 24 hours a day. The team members work regular duty assignments in patrol and investigations. The team handles hostage/barricade situations, high risk warrants and other high risk activities. The team prides itself in the training, dedication, professionalism and acts as an effective tool in modern law enforcement. The team is a multi-jurisdictional tactical team with members from the Festus and Crystal City Police Departments.