St Louis Police Veteran's Association City of St Louis Metropolitan Police Department City of Saint Louis Missouri Photos of Seventh District Police Station 5240 Enright Saint Louis Missouri
photo circa late 1975
Photos of Seventh District Police Station 5240 Enright Saint Louis Missouri
photo circa late 1974
photo circa late 2008
This building operated as the
Seventh District Police Station
The Seventh Police District operated out the front door on the left of the Yalem Center building on Enright
and shared the building with the Yalem Center, which was located at the front of the building at 724 Union at Enright .
The " back door " which we all used by the police officers
was at the rear of the building on the east side where a parking lot was located .
The holdover cell room was in the 5240 Enright building's basement and its' entry door
was directly below the "back door" at the back of the building .
The Captain's office, Watch Commander's office, front desk, waiting area ,
and, later, the Team offices (1-4), were on the 1st floor .
Second floor had the bureau, locker room, roll-call room, and meeting room with a pool table .
The Seventh District Police never had a " police designed building "
between 1962 and the 1990s to " call a real Seventh District Police District designed building home " ,
when they moved into North Patrol Area Command Station in the 1990s .
Between 1963 and early 1966 the Seventh and Eighth were merged in the Deer Street Station House .
The Police Department reopen the 1300 Union Police Station in February 1966 as the Seventh District Police Station .
The Seventh District Police operated out of the old Twelfth District Police Station 1300 Union at Page
and the old Twelfth Police Station became known as the Seventh District Police Station .
The Seventh District Police at 1300 Union moved to 5240 Enright in late 1973 .
The 5240 Enright location operated as a Seventh District Police Station from 1973, some 17 years,
till the building was closed as a police station and the police operations were moved to the new
North Patrol Area Command Station 4014 Union
entering the 1990's .
The Yalem Center long has been a landmark of the Saint Louis City's West End .
The Yalem Center was built in 1927 for the Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association
and later came under the Jewish Community Centers Association .
The center became the property of the City of Saint Louis in 1968 .
Photo in 2008 of the back door of the Seventh District Police Station 5240 Enright .
Team Policing This was the home of the Saint Louis Police operation called " Team Policing " .
Team Policing started in 1976 and was closed down in early 1980 .
The concept of team policing was generally intended to strike a new balance between the needs for police
centralization for efficiency and community needs for police decentralization in order to increase
responsiveness to the problems of citizens .
In theory, team policing calls for reorganization of the patrol force to include one or more quasi-autonomous teams ,
with a joint purpose of improving total police services to a particular neighborhood
and increasing job satisfaction of the patrol officers .
In the Seventh District of Saint Louis, a blighted area of urban decay and poverty ,
Police Officers were encouraged to become involved in community activities, were permitted to do their
own follow up investigations for all crimes except homicide, and were trained in photography and evidence collection .
The district was divided among four teams each under a lieutenant .
To increase flexibility, a 4-day work-week schedule was adopted, and a management-by-objectives administrative
approach was established with teams meeting frequently to set goals and make implementation plans .
A 10 hour day, 4 day week, 6 week rotation, between day and afternoon watches,
which everyone really liked as you always had three days in a row off and every six weeks had six days in a row off .
A holiday or overtime and make it seven or eight days in a row .
Team One worked days, Monday thru Thursday for three weeks then had Monday thru Wednesday off
and worked Thursday through Sunday for three weeks .
Then we switched to the afternoon watch and repeated the rotation .
Team Policing pioneered the use of the permanent night watch, still in use today .
To some extent, the team policing pilot program has followed the pattern of other cities.
After four year as a wholly autonomous unit, the unit was reintegrated into the command structure ,
a change that has resulted in frustration for unit members .
While there are indications that team policing in the Seventh District may be in trouble ,
community support of the neighborhood relations activities which have been undertaken
and of the team policing concept in general have been positive .
Mixed reactions have been seen within the force .
Many officers express positive attitudes toward the new and expanded responsibilities ;
for others, community relations is an undesired chore .
Unit supervisors feel policy formulation has been enhanced .
A report prepared for the Board of Police Commissioners, however, was critical ,
and supervisory problems have been noted by the police chief .
Thus this was failed experiment, with monies from a United States Government Law Enforcement Grant .