Keeping People Safe DOWNTOWN!
St. Louis thrives when our residents and visitors feel comfortable and confident. There are a number of safety resources available to foster a vibrant Downtown community.
Downtown STL Safety Officer Program
In partnership with the St. Louis Police Department, Downtown STL, Inc. launched an initiative that enables officers to accompany residents or visitors as they make their way around the city. All you need to do is send a text or make a phone call. Here are some frequently asked questions about the program.
What exactly does this program do?
The Downtown STL Safety program is a free service offered to residents and visitors of the Downtown area. Downtown STL, Inc. contracts with a private security firm to deploy off-duty police officers to work secondary assignments patrolling the Downtown Community Improvement District.
Upon request, an assigned officer will provide safe passage for you within the Downtown St. Louis Business Core. Follow these steps to request an officer:
- Call 314-280-4817.
- Give your name and location.
- An officer will be dispatched to your location to safely walk you to your destination.
- Enjoy the rest of your day/evening!
Who’s in charge of the program?
The program is an initiative of the Community Improvement District (CID), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and is managed by Downtown STL, Inc. in partnership with the St. Louis Police Department. To learn more about us click here.
Are taxpayers paying for this service or is it privately funded?
The service is funded through the Community Investment District (CID) assessment which is paid for by private property owners in Downtown. For more details about the CID, visit this page.
Who exactly will be walking with me?
You will be accompanied by a commissioned police officer within the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. These men and women are very familiar with the businesses, streets and the overall scene of Downtown St. Louis, so they’re always in the loop of what’s happening.
How will I know who my officer is and what he/she looks like before they arrive?
The responding officer will be in a fully recognizable St. Louis Police Department uniform.
Will I be given the name of the officer and estimated time of arrival when I call?
An estimated time of arrival will be given and in most instances, the name of the responding police officer will be provided.
How will I know when they arrive? Will they ask for me by name?
The officer will respond to the exact location given to begin your safety escort. A phone call or text notification upon arrival can be arranged.
Are these commissioned police officers the same as the SLPD officers on the streets? Do they receive the same training?
Yes. The commissioned police officers are also part of the St. Louis Police Department and have received the same training.
Are you pulling officers off the street for this service?
Downtown STL, Inc. contracts with a private security firm to deploy off-duty police officers to work secondary assignments within the Downtown Community Improvement District. Our goal is to boost the safety of our city by supplementing SLMPD’s regular services.
Where and what times of day is this service available?
The service is available each day of the week with extended hours on weekends and holidays. The chart below shows specific times for each day. Keep in mind that this schedule is subject to change, and residents can always call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.
Here is a map of the Community Improvement District where officers can accompany you:
Noonlight (Formerly SafeTrek)
Noonlight (formerly SafeTrek) is an app that you can download and use whenever you may be walking alone at night or feel uneasy. The user simply opens the app and holds a button on their smartphone — once they’re comfortable, they remove their finger and enter a four-digit PIN. If they remove their finger without entering the PIN, local law-enforcement is alerted. Noonlight then provides police with the user’s location. To download the app, click here.
Proactive Daily Safety Tips
- Walk with a buddy or in a group
- Walk in well-lit areas
- Make sure your valuables are out of sight when you leave your car
- Plan your walking and driving routes ahead of time to make sure you know where you’re going
- If you see suspicious activity, tell the nearest police officer or call 314-280-4817.