St Louis Police Veteran's Association City of St Louis Metropolitan Police Department City of Saint Louis Missouri Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Pension System and Relief AssociationJune 1886 Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Fund was established to provide benefits to the sick and disabled members
of the police force and assist widows and orphans of deceased officers.
The cost was fifty cents per payday to be paid by all police officers per payday.
1873 Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Fund made loans to working police officers if a sergeant co-signed the loan.
1878 The Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Fund was funded by all rewards received by police officers,
fines for violation by Police Officers and the proceeds from unclaimed property.
1879 The Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Fund was also funded by donations by other
business and organizations for request of additional police services.
March 12, 1881 The Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Association was established by the Missouri legislation
to provide for benefits to the sick and disabled members of the police force
and assist widows and orphans of deceased officers.
September 1882 The Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Association began using the profit from gross receipts
of special events such as entertainment enterprises and was promoted by the selling of tickets
by police officers to promote the various events.
December 11, 1884 The Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Association
held the first Policeman's Ball to benefit the fund for relief.
July 10, 1900 Membership in the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Association
became mandatory for all police officers who were assessed
twenty percent ( 20% ) of their wages.
October 1, 1929 The rules and regulation of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Association were revised.
October 1, 1957 The Police Retirement System Saint Louis was establish.
In 1966 the average retirement benefit was $301.43 per month.
In 2006 the average retirement benefit was $2,255.11 per month.
The Police Circus The Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Relief Association held a Police Circus to benefit the relief funds.
The Police Circus was held annually during the various years from the early 1900's to the mid 1960's.
This annual Police Circus became the biggest producer of gross receipts for the Police Relief funds
and was promoted by the selling of tickets by police officers to promote the event.
The house was packed as everyone enjoyed the circus
and this was before television became the major source of entertainment.
April 17 to April 30 1941 The cover of 1941 Police Circus program.
The 1951 Police Circus match book cover. On the other side of the match book is the
St Louis Browns baseball gala opening day game.
Match Book designed by Universal Match Corporation St Louis
In the early years the Police Circus was held at the Saint Louis Coliseum.
Washington Avenue and Jefferson Avenue
In the later years the Police Circus was held at the Saint Louis Arena.
On Oakland across from Forest Park
1959 BackStoppers Incorporated founded
St. Louis Globe-Democrat own Richard Amberg, publisher
Nicholas Blassie, the president of the local meatcutter's union, came up with the idea for the BackStoppers.
The Backstoppers expanded from serving only the city and county
to serving 17 counties on both sides of the Mississippi River in Missouri and Illinois.
The members of the BackStoppers cover St. Louis City, the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln,
Jefferson, Franklin, St. Francois, Perry, Pike, Ste. Genevieve, Warren and Washington.
The group also covers the Illinois counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair.
In addition, Backstoppers cover members of Troop C of the Missouri Highway Patrol and District 11 of the Illinois State Police.
Backstoppers funds the benefits with fundraisers, membership dues, and investments.
Membership in The BackStoppers is a privilege because it is an opportunity to perform an uncommon
good for some of the community's most deserving families, the survivors of a fallen hero.
The BackStoppers 9811 South Forty Dr. Suite 3
Saint Louis, MO 63124
This is for all for the survivors of fallen police officers and firefighters within the area served.
Among the first of many served by the
Thursday, July 2, 1964 was
Saint Louis Police Canine Officer
Patrolman Paul McCulloch
the fallen hero left a family of survivors,
some of who become police officers, lawyers or attorneys and a county prosecutor.
City of Saint Louis Officer Down Memorial Page for Paul McCulloch Guns 'N Hoses began 1987 This annual event features three-round boxing matches between teams of Missouri and Illinois police officers and firefighters.
Boxers are paired by age, weight and ability.
The event is to raise money for the BackStoppers.
which assists families of public servants who die in the line of duty.
There is also Guns 'N Hoses Softball and Hockey events during the years to raise money for the BackStoppers.