The last several days, family, friends and the law enforcement community honored Officer Blake Snyder of the St Louis County Police Department. We wore our mourning bands. We lowered our flags. We prayed for his family and his Department.
At the service yesterday, hundreds stood at attention, as the funeral procession arrived at the church. The heartache was palpable. Why such a young man? Why another police officer? Why?
We listened to eulogies describe a faith-filled, loving, and caring husband, father, son, and brother. Blake Snyder was a hard working police officer who deeply cared about his job and the community he served. It was said he made a difference in the lives of everyone he touched. Blake brought a joy and a love of others to everything he did. Blake Snyder was truly a man to be admired.
The outpouring of support for Officer Snyder and the law enforcement community along the funeral procession route was amazing. Thousands of people lined the highway, stood on overpasses and outside of businesses. Hands on their hearts, flags held high, respectful salutes and many signs and blue ribbons. And lots of tears. Tears from those that knew Blake Snyder and his family, and tears from those that simply grieve for the loss of another young life, another brave police officer. The fire departments set-up pumpers and ladder trucks on every overpass to wave the massive American flags. The FD’s really came through. Thanks. The Patriot Guard lined the bridge into Alton. True examples of proud Americans honoring a man deserving of honor. Thanks. Words cannot describe how much the law enforcement family appreciates the show of support by everyone yesterday.
Hundreds and hundreds of police officers. All St Louis area departments. Many from agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Several from as far as Aurora, CO, Sioux City, IA, and Fort Worth, TX. All dressed in Class A uniforms. Shoes polished and leather shined. Support for the family; support for the County PD; support for each other. Most of all, we are there to honor Blake Snyder. We salute you Officer Snyder, and everything good you represent.
God Bless you #4153.
On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Brentwood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Brentwood Police Department at 272 Hanley Industrial Court. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
National Night Out was held this past Tuesday night in Brentwood. Fifteen block parties in the community. Great opportunity for the officers to meet everyone and for neighbors to meet neighbors. Beautiful October night enjoyed by all!
In October 1978, Tom Beil joined the Brentwood Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer. Today, he retires, after 38 years of service to the Brentwood community.
Tom has seen a lot of changes, both in the Brentwood community, and at the PD. Tom served under six different Police Chiefs, starting with Chief Pete Giacopelli. He worked with many different police officers, dispatchers and fellow reserve officers.
Tom was always willing to help our department in any way he could. He took care of everyday tasks that were important to the success of a day. He was always available to back-up an officer on a call, assist with traffic direction and handle assignments. Over the years he worked a staggering amount of hours for the Brentwood community. For all of this, he received no paycheck.
We will miss Tom. We will miss his cheerful demeanor and genuine laugh. Tom retired from his real job, as a teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant school district, several years ago. He and his wife Connie are moving to a sunny climate in a few weeks. We wish you both all the best.
The Brentwood Police Department has initiated a voluntary citizen program called “Neighborhood Eyes”. Residents will have the opportunity to register their security camera system with the police department. This program has been successful in other communities in solving neighborhood crimes.
In the last few months, security camera systems have become more prevalent in our area. Several citizens in Brentwood, and neighboring cities, have provided police with security video showing suspects on their property entering their vehicles. This information is helpful to our investigators as they try to solve these crimes. When you register in this program, we may contact you after a crime in your neighborhood, and ask you to provide video that may help our investigation. This program is completely voluntary.
If you would like to participate, please provide your name, address and phone number, along with any information about your security camera system you would like to share (eg. location of camera, number of cameras, etc.). Our contact at the Brentwood PD is Det. Sgt. Jason Simpson at email@example.com and 963-8620.
On Wednesday August 24th, the Brentwood Police Department will hold a meeting to discuss two upcoming community policing initiatives.
The first is Neighborhood Watch. It has been many years since Brentwood used Neighborhood Watch. This is a crime prevention program that involves citizens working with each other and with law enforcement to reduce crime and victimization in their community. At this meeting, we will describe the program and see if there is interest in starting Neighborhood Watch in Brentwood.
The second is National Night Out. Last year we hosted block parties throughout the community. This was very popular and we are going to return to that format. If you are interested in hosting a block party or you would like to learn more about National Night Out, please come to this meeting. National Night Out is Tuesday October 4th.
Neighborhood Watch 7:00pm – 7:30pm
National Night Out 7:30pm-8:00pm
This meeting will be at Brentwood City Hall.
Accident this morning on Eager Road at I-170. Driver lost control on southbound I-170, crossed Eager Road, and crashed into the landscape wall on the north end of the Promenade property, near Target.
The driver was transported to the hospital. The cause of the accident and the condition of the driver are not known at this time.