To learn more about the Community Programs the Police Department offers, please use the drop down arrows below. Questions? Please contact our Community Relations Officer Mike Mainieri at Michael.Mainieri@wentzvillemo.org or (636) 639-2171.
The City of Wentzville encourages neighbors to get out and get to know each other. One way of doing this would be to host or participate in a block party. Block parties allow neighbors and their children to interact which each other and exchange tales and information about themselves.
If you wish to host or schedule a neighborhood block party, please click on the link below and complete the block party permit and it will be submitted to Captain Kevin Pyatt for approval. For futher questions, you may contact Captain Pyatt at (636) 639-2102.
Block Party Permit
Guidelines for Block Parties:
Roadways cannot be blocked in a manner that will not allow for a quick removal of barricades and other block party items for non-participating neighbors and emergency vehicle access.
All affected neighbors must be notified of the block party.
All non-participating neighbor's property must be respected and not utilized unless permission is granted by the affected property owner.
A point of contact and phone number for the event coordinator must be provided in order to receive approval.
- All complaints of noise or other disturbances will be directed by the police department to the event coordinator, who will assist in correcting the complaints.
Citizen's Police Academy
CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY:
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program began in Los Angeles in 1983. This program teaches children how to avoid getting involved with drugs and violent situations before they occur. D.A.R.E. has proven to be so successful that it has become the most effective and widely used drug education program being taught in all 50 states.
The success of D.A.R.E. can be contributed to the curriculum that is focused on topics that concern the young people of our community. The curriculum teaches our children:
- the consequences of using drugs
- ways to say no
- decision making skills
- how to resist peer pressure
- dealing with problems and much more.
The D.A.R.E. program is taught in all Wentzville middle schools at the fifth grade level.
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Program
The mission of the Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 Program is to change the way people drive on neighborhood streets and beyond. The goal is to put an end to deaths and injuries caused by speeding and distracted driving on the nation’s roads. The City supports this program by educating and actively engaging our residents in a common commitment to create safer streets for the benefit of all, beginning in Wentzville’s neighborhoods.
For a copy of the brochure and to learn more, click here.
National Night Out
On the first Tuesday in August, Wentzville residents can celebrate National Night Out. On that night, residents are invited to turn on their porch lights, go outside and join with their neighbors in block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, and other activities to send the message to criminals that residents are organized and fighting back against crime.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for local anticrime programs, such as Neighborhood Watch. National Night Out celebrations also help strengthen neighborhood spirit, because alert and caring neighbors are one of your best defenses against crime.
In Wentzville, National Night Out is celebrated from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. During that time, city officials, along with representatives from the police and fire departments will circulate through the city and visit neighborhood National Night Out celebrations. Residents who cannot participate in organized activities are still encouraged to turn on exterior lights and spend some time outside that evening.
Neighborhood groups that would like a visit from city officials or more information and suggestions about how to plan their own National Night Out activities must call Officer Michael Mainieri at (636) 639-2171 to schedule your subdivision party. In addition to scheduling your party with the Officer Mainieri, you may also go on-line to the National Night Out website and register your subdivision at NNO.org.
Neighborhood Watch also known as Block Watch, Town Watch or Crime Watch, is a vital part of the City of Wentzville’s policing efforts. This program enlists the active participation of citizens to reduce crime in neighborhoods. These organized groups act as the “eyes and ears” of the police when they are not present.
The Wentzville Police Department can provide the following instruction for Neighborhood Watch meetings:
- Identifying suspicious activity
- Home security
- Personal safety
- Internet safety
Neighborhood Watch groups will be supplied a Neighborhood Watch sign to be posted on the first speed limit sign entering their subdivision.
Citizens interested in receiving more information about the Neighborhood Watch program can contact our public relations officer at (636) 639-2171.
Prescription/Non-prescription Drug Drop Box
The Wentzville Police Department’s drug collection and disposal program is a means to provide a safe location for citizens to properly dispose of unused prescription/non-prescription medications. This program provides an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of both prescription and non-prescription medications in landfills and sewer systems that may negatively affect the environment. This program encourages citizens to remove their unwanted/un-needed, and/or expired medications from their homes. This program will also reduce access to addictive medications for accidental or intentional misuse by children within the household.
The Wentzville Police Department has provided a secured, steel mailbox/collection box in the lobby of the police department, where citizens will be able to deposit their medications anonymously any time of the day or night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Once collected, the drugs will be properly disposed of by incineration.
Citizens are encouraged to “black out” their personal information on the prescription bottles, but not the contents of the bottle itself.
Acceptable items include:
- Expired or unwanted prescription medications
- Expired or unwanted over the counter medications
- Vitamins and nutritional supplements
- Medications for household pets
- Homeopathic remedies
- Medicated lotions
- Sealed liquids
Unacceptable items include:
- Unsealed liquids
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Empty medicine bottles
- Medical waste (iv bags, bloody/infected waste)
- Needles or other “sharps”
- Hazardous waste
- Personal care products (shampoos, soaps, makeup, etc.)
- Lost/found materials
- Business/professional waste
Being an anonymous program, no investigations will be conducted relative to any prescription being dropped off. If you have questions regarding drug abuse, drug or other suspicious activity, contact the Wentzville Police Department at (636) 327-5105 or contact the St. Charles County Drug Task Force by phone at 1-800-559-DOPE (3693).
Police Appearance Request
The Wentzville Police Department's Public Relations Department can arrange for a uniformed police officer to visit your neighborhood get-together, meeting, or school function. In some cases, an officer may be accompanied by McGruff or certain pieces of the police department's specialized equipment can be demonstrated. Our officers participate in special events such as child fingerprinting in conjunction with community events. To arrange for a police officer to speak with your group, contact our Public Relations Department at (636) 639-2171.
Police Explorer Program
The Wentzville Police Explorer Program is a volunteer service program for young adults within the police department. This program gives young people the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement. Many use this program as a stepping stone to enter into the law enforcement profession.
Explorers spend much of their time learning the skills needed to be a successful police officer. Our Explorers assit the department as court bailiffs, learn police radio procedures, police policies, principals of police patrol, and participate in a ride-a- long program with uniformed officers.
If you are between the ages of 14 and 21 and can commit to monthly classes/meetings, contact Officer Jason Horvath at (636) 639-2166x3348.
Police Station Tours
The Wentzville Police Department offers guided tours of our headquarters for groups of 15 or less. Most often these tours are held for scouting groups, daycare facilities, or church groups.
The arrange a tour of the Wentzville Police Department, contact our Public Relations Department at (636) 639-2171. Please allow a minimum of two weeks notice to schedule a tour for your group.
Special Olympics Torch Run
The Annual Special Olympics Torch Run is held the fourth Wednesday of May. The run begins in St. Louis County and crosses over into St. Charles County, with a cermony at the Ameristar Casino. The main goal of the Torch Run is to partner law enforcement with the Special Olympics and their athletes. At this run, officers and athletes carry the "Flame of Hope" to the opening ceremonies of local Special Olympic competitions. Our event is the State Summer Games held in Columbia, Missouri.
To help support the event, law enforcement agencies are selling t-shirts to raise money for the athletes. Short sleeve shirts are $10 each. This money, as well as other fundraisers held locally and statewide help over 15,000 athletes in Missouri to compete in athletic competitions at no cost to them or their family.
For further infomation or to order a T-shirt, contact Officer Mary Wheeler at (636) 639-2103.
Teen Drug Testing Programs
If you suspect that your teen might be experimenting with drugs, visit testmyteen.com to find out more information on at home, drug testing or you may also visit testastudent.org to find out more information on voluntary, random, and private drug screenings.
Internet Crime Complaint Center For information on Internet Crime complaints, click the above link for further information.
For information on the proper use of 9-1-1, click on the above link.
Walk to Stop Heroin
Make plans to attend Wentzville’s second annual “Walk to Stop Heroin” event on Saturday, April 29.
Wentzville’s Mayor and members of its Board of Aldermen have been directly affected by the impacts of heroin overdoses. In an effort to increase awareness about the dangers of heroin use in our community, Wentzville’s Police Department will again host this important walk in April.
This year, the event will kick off with a pancake breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Holt High School (600 Campus Dr.). Doors will open at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be first-come, first-served, while supplies last.
The event will be emceed by Gee Vigna. Following the breakfast and speakers, the walk, which will kick off at 10 a.m., will begin and end at Holt High School. Everyone who attends is invited to bring signs, posters and pictures to carry during the walk.
The goal of this walk is to connect our community with the available resources in hopes people will not try heroin, not even once. The resources will provide valuable information on the signs and symptoms of use, counseling availability and emergency intervention for children during times of crisis.
To register please visit http://bit.ly/walktostopheroin17. Registration closes April 7. To learn more, please contact Sgt. Jennifer Bell at (636) 639-2143.