Clayton, MO – The St. Louis County Police Department is preparing for the now-inevitable coronavirus outbreak by asking retired officers to come back and work through the emergency.
KSDK obtained a memo that said St. Louis police were going to use officers who have retired within the last 10 years to beef up staffing as more members of the first responder community are exposed or become ill.
The police department is in the process of assembling the call-back list for officers they plan to ask to come out of retirement on an “emergency part-time intermittent basis.”
The retired officers who come back to assist will be doing administrative tasks like answering precinct phones, completing reports after telephone-only investigations, and dealing with the onslaught of information request calls, KSDK reported.
But using retirees to fill administrative rolls, department officials can put every able-bodied, active duty sworn officer onto the streets as needed.
The memo went out in an email to about 100 former St. Louis police officers who have retired in the past 10 years, according to KSDK.
It doesn’t appear anyone vetted the recipient list before hitting send as current St. Louis County Councilman Tim Fitch, newly-sworn St. Charles County Police Chief Kurt Frisz, and BackStoppers Executive Director Ron Batelle all received the memo asking them to come back and help the police force.
The memo said that retirees who have current firearms certifications will be paid $25 per hour on top of their pensions, KSDK reported.
Retired officers whose firearms training has lapsed are still welcome to come back and help at the rate of $20 per hour.
The St. Louis County Police Department wouldn’t comment specifically on their plans for utilizing the newly recruited retiree force, KSDK reported.
“The St. Louis County Police Department is evaluating what resources it has at its disposal to ensure it is agile enough to provide superior service in an evolving situation,” St. Louis County Police Sergeant Ben Granda said.