Criminal Investigations Bureau
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.
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.
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, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, within the City of Festus.
School Resource Officer / D.A.R.E.
Patrolman Dan Riewer collaborates with the Festus R-6 School District for the D.A.R.E. curriculum. D.A.R.E. is a 10-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.