The Department of Public Safety held its first DPS Monthly Update Meeting on Thursday, July 17. The PowerPoint presentations are posted on the City website, but I wanted to mention a few of the highlights from the presentations for those who were not able to attend:
· DPS is the largest City department with 3,300 employees in eight divisions.
· A Police Department officer has been added to Excise (liquor control).
· Disaster preparedness (
· Forty-three inmates in the City's correctional facilities are enrolled in GED classes. Corrections obtained a grant to help them continue the program after release.
· The City has issued $635.6 million in construction permits in FY14, with $261.3 million of those building permits issued in the Central West End, another $75.6 million Downtown and $14.7 million in Near North Riverfront. According to the Home Builders Report, 4,678 units have been created over the past year.
· Thirty years ago, lead poisoning rate for kids in St. Louis under five was 22%. It's now at 3% due to our proactive Lead Abatement Program.
· The St. Louis Fire
Department made a total of more than 77,000 calls for service in 2013.
· The number of events in the City of St. Louis has tripled since 2009. The City issued permits for about 40 special events in 2009. In 2013, above 120.
· The City has experienced the fewest reported robberies, aggravated assaults (shootings), burglaries, larcenies and vehicle thefts since 1970.
· Total crime in the City of St. Louis is down 52.3% between 2006 and 2014.
To see the presentations, visit http://stlouis-mo.gov.
July 25 – Outdoor Film Series, St. Louis Art Museum,
Spend your Fridays on Art Hill in Forest Park at the St. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Series. Music and festivities will begin at and the movie will start at For a list of the films that will be shown and for more details, visit the slam.org web site.
July 26 – Community Resource Health Fair, 5701 Delmar Parking Lot,
The People's Community Action Corporation will hold a Community Resource Health Fair this Saturday from to in the Parking Lot at 5701 Delmar. Visitors will be able to receive health and dental screenings and more and enjoy live music by local St. Louis band "Dirty Muggs." For more details, visit the pcacstl.org web site.
July 26 – North of Old North Bicycle Tour, depart from 2700 N. 14th Street,
Explore the neighborhoods north
of Crown Candy, including Hyde Park, College Hill,
July 26 – 2014 Better Together
The inaugural Better Together 5k/1 mile Fun Run/Walk will take place this Saturday beginning at at the Upper Parking Lot of the Muny in Forest Park. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Late registration will take place this Friday from to at Big River – University City. To learn more, call (314) 727-4786 or visit the bettertogetherstl.com web site.
July 26 &
The Metropolitan St. Louis
African Violet Council will present its 59th
annual Show and Sale
this Saturday and Sunday at the Missouri
July 26 – The Urban Arts Show, Vaughn Cultural Center,
is invited to enjoy a free tribute to the late, great Maya Angelou by the
awesome spoken word artists Lightning, Sistah Taraji, Konsistent and
SixteenBars as well as live music by Justin Hoskins and the Movie and much
more. The Urban Arts Show will begin at at the Vaughn Cultural Center inside the Urban League,
July 26 – Free Movie, Lafayette Park (in the SE corner),
Invite your family and friends to join you in Lafayette Park this Saturday for a free screening of "Ghostbusters." Fun activities will begin at and the movie will start at For more information, go to the LafayetteSquare.org web site.
Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you at one of the many neighborhood concert series this summer.
July 27 -- Sunday Serenades in Francis Park, Donovan & Eichelberger, Visit chband.org for the full schedule.
July 27 -- Free Concert in Carondelet Park, Loughborough and Eugene, To learn more, visit carondeletevents.com.
July 28 -- Musical Mondays in Tower Grove Park, S. Grand & Magnolia, Visit chband.org for more information.
July 28 -- Free Concert in BellerivePark, S. Broadway and Bellerive, Visit carondeletevents.com for more details.
July 29 - Free Concert in Fanetti Park,
July 30 –Free Concert Series in O'Fallon Park, 4343 West Florissant, The Sixth Annual O'Fallon Park Jazz Concert Series will kick off on Wednesday, July 30 at in O'Fallon Park.
August 1 -- Trivia Night, Tower Grove | The Journey Church,
The Gateway Center for Performing Arts (GCPA) will be
hosting a Trivia Night at Tower
Grove | The Journey Church to raise funds for an upcoming partnership with the
Miriam School at 4926 Reber Place. Doors
will open at and trivia will
begin at There will be eight rounds of trivia as well
as other games and contests. Cost is $25
per person or $160 for a table of eight. The Journey Church
is located at
Save the Date
August 1-3 & August 8-10 – Second Annual St. Louis International Children's Film Festival, Cinema St. Louis,
August 1 – First Fridays in Grand Center,
August 2 & 3 – Serbian Festival, Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church,
August 2 – Friends of Clifton Park Movie Night,
August 3 – The Wedding Show,
August 3 – Free Concert in Benton Park, Jefferson & Arsenal,
August 3 – Step Inside Historic St. Louis, Missouri History Museum,
August 5 – 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime & Drugs, various locations,
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
SLMPD Citizens Academy
The Citizens Academy is now accepting applications! The SLMPD Citizens Academy offers an insider's view into the day-to-day job of a St. Louis Police Officer. In addition to classroom instruction, participants also visit with police canines, interact with the department's bomb and arson robot, tour the 911 center and even use driving and shooting simulators. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Applications may be found on the slmpd.org web site and will be accepted until Aug. 25, 2014. Class starts on Sept. 3.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events