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South County Community Policing Group Recognizes 2010 Officer of the Year

An Oakville officer, along with several Affton officers, was honored at an awards banquet.

The South County chapter of the St. Louis County Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association has named Daniel Schroeder of Oakville as its Officer of the Year.

The chapter, which represents the St. Louis County Police Department’s Affton Southwest and South County precincts, made the announcement during an awards banquet Sunday at Genesis Banquet Center. Several local and state officials attended the event, including St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, State Sen. Jim Lembke, State Rep. Marsha Haefner and many others. 

“I’m stunned—this was totally unexpected,” said Schroeder, who serves as a neighborhood police officer for the South County Precinct.

Schroeder, who has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience, is credited with arresting several members of a Colombian drug cartel after responding to a call about a suspicious person trying to enter a house. He has been assigned to the South County Precinct for the last eight years.

Prior to presenting Schroeder with a congratulatory resolution from the House of Representatives, Haefner thanked the all of department’s officers for their hard work and dedication.

“A lot of what you do goes unnoticed,” Haefner said. “But without you, South County wouldn’t be the awesome, blessed place that it is. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you.”

Schroeder was one of eight officers nominated for the award. Other nominees included Sgt. Jeffrey Hoots and officers Kevin Helldoerfer and Michael Schira from the South County Precinct and officers Joseph Patterson, Aaron Roediger, Chuck Weinman and John Wilson from the Affton Precinct. The nominees each received a 2010 Officer of the Quarter award from their captains.

The alumni association’s Officer of the Year Banquet Committee was charged with choosing the winner, and Jean Larkin, the committee chairwoman, said it was no easy task. The committee based its decision on the reasons each nominee received the Officer of the Quarter award, personal biographies and individual interviews.

“It is an important responsibility, and one that we don’t take lightly,” she said. “Every officer is worthy of an award for the job that they do. We are justifiably proud to be served by you.”

In addition to several recognitions from local and state officials, Schroeder received a $1,500 check from the association, a three-night stay at the Lake of the Ozarks Red Oak Resort, a weekend stay at any Drury Hotel, a $175 Pasta House gift card and a one-year free pass for two from Wehrenberg Theater.

“I bet you didn’t get this much loot with that drug cartel,” said former state legislator John Hancock, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies. “I keep waiting for them (the alumni association) to bring the puppy out.”

The South County association consists of about 200 volunteers who have graduated from the department’s Citizen’s Police Academy. The group strives to improve the relationship and interaction between the department and the public and assists the department in various roles when needed. For more information on the association, visit the chapter’s website.

Jeanbean March 08, 2011 at 12:19 AM
The Citizens Police Academy is a fun and informative series of classes (AND there are no tests!). For anyone interested in attending the next Academy, here is the information. For an application, please contact Officer Kevin Funston at the Third Precinct, 638-5550, or email him at kfunston@stlouisco.com Meetings will be held on the following dates: Thursday, March 24: Grace Union Church, 3900 Union Road (behind Best Buy) Thursday, March 31: St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy Saturday, April 9: Antire Firing Range Thursday, April 14: Grace Union Church
Jeanbean March 08, 2011 at 03:46 PM
I'm sorry that I forgot to include the times of the next Citizens' Police Academy classes. They are as follows: Thursday, March 24 at Grace Union Church is from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at Police Academy (1266 Sutter Ave, 63133) is from 7-9:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at Antire Range is 9:00 am.-noon. Thursday, April 14 at Grace Union Church is from 7-9:30 p.m.
Lisa Foster March 08, 2011 at 10:08 PM
What an awesome event this was. I am so proud of South County's finest. Congratulations to Dan and all the men who were nominated. You are ALL deserving. Thank You!!!

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