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The City of Saint Louis Police Academy
Photo circa 2008
The first school of police instruction began August 31, 1869 in Saint Louis Police Department .
The first school was located in police headquarters and then on February 3, 1972 the schools operated out of the districts .
This police academy complex opened in 1929 and police recruits at the new academy were trained in these areas:
patrolling, target practice, first aid, calisthenics, geography, spelling, penmanship, boxing and swimming,
with the training lasting for four weeks .
The Police Library was founded in 1947, the largest police department owned library in the nation,
was located in the Police Academy .
The Police Academy at one time had a indoor firing range for training .
In 1969 the Saint Louis Police Academy became the Greater Saint Louis Police Academy .
In 1987 the building again became the newly formed Saint Louis Police Academy .
On the third floor was the gymnasium and in 1987 a new remodeled Fitness Center was dedicated
to provide a place for officers to keep in shape with handball and racquetball courts, a banked running track,
Nautilus and Universal fitness machines, weights, a basketball court and a sauna .
Photo of City of Saint Louis Police Department Department Pen
The Saint Louis Police Department Pen was manafactured by
Joseph Lipic Pen Co. 2200 Gravois Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri .
Police report writing was begun in 1930 at the police academy .
Is the pen mightier than the sword ?
Fear the Saint Louis Police Officer's pen because this was his best weapon .
Saint Louis Police Officers were known for arranging various diverse elements
into a masterful work of art on handwritten paper .
Prior to the computer, almost all police reports were handwritten by the officers .
The pens were department issued to all Saint Louis Police Officers .
It was rumored that these pens were lifted by favorable inhabitants right out of the officer's hand ,
a tribute to the quality of this pen and a gifted collector's item .
The department phased out the issuing of this Joseph Lipic's Pen to officers in the 1990s .
In 1985 the Police Incident Reporting System began and police reports were generated by computers .