Following 14 Violent Crimes, Brentwood Police Chief Recommends More Officers

The police chief told the Brentwood Public Safety Committee violent crimes are how people get killed.

Following 14 violent crimes in Brentwood in 2012, to date, Brentwood Chief of Police Chief Steve Disbennett agreed that Brentwood needs to hire more officers.

At the Public Safety Committee meeting on Thursday, Disbennett said he’s shifted police protection to The Promenade, Brentwood Square and the Meridian, but he’s still worried. Aderman Tom Kramer (Ward 4), acting chairman of the committee, asked him how urgent the need is.

“I’m just saying I find it odd that we have this amount of violent crime taking place in this city, like we’ve never seen before, and violent crime is what worries me the most,” Disbennett said. “That’s how Megan Boken got killed. That’s how people get killed.”

He said the mall parking lots are packed, and are a prime area. “It’s an unfortunate thing,” he said.

“Us and Richmond Heights are the first huge shopping areas when you come out from the city that people are attracted to, and the other part is, 170 dumps down here,” he said.

He said he’s not downplaying a car being broken into or a cellphone being stolen. “I want to catch everybody, but we’re seeing things I’ve never seen before.”

Disbennett surveyed nearby cities with similar populations, and found that Brentwood’s 27 officers compares with 31 for Maplewood, 30 for Ladue, 40 for Richmond Heights and 41 for Des Peres.

Kramer said he’d also like for businesses to contribute to the effort against the crime. He said residents would feel safer if they saw cooperation.

The committee passed a motion to recommend to the Ways and Means Committee to study adding three police officers to the payroll as of 2013.

Kramer added that it is at the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee and Chief Steve Disbennett.

Also in Patch:

  • Man Charged with Robberies at Promenade and Shane Co. in Brentwood
  • Two Charged in Megan Boken Murder Now Charged in Brentwood Square Robbery
Julie M. Miller September 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Haven't seen crime like this in 17 years...something needs to be done before it gets out of hand...
Jack Bock September 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Three officers? How many does Chief Disbennett recommend? I would think two more per shift for a total of six may be a better start. Police visibility in high crime areas may slow down the crime, but the crime will never be erased until more prison terms are handed out without the possibility of parole. Make the convicted serve the full time.
Scott Stinson October 06, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Seems like the last few years we have shifted emphasis to issuing more tickets both with cameras and officers to generate revenue for city/police. Rather than continue to collect these unwarranted "taxes" maybe we go back to actually fighting crime.
Lovelady October 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM
With all the sirens I hear lately, Brentwood Blvd. is sounding more and more like Kingshighway Ave. or Grand Blvd. More officers could help but also, the current ones could be patrolling areas that are high risk for robbers instead of hiding on side streets and ticketing hard working Brentwood residents who might be driving 5 miles over the speed limit. I'm sure there was a time when that was the worst crime in Brentwood but things seem to be changing. I agree with Julie that something needs to be done before it gets out of hand and people start moving away. That would be sad. But I've seen it before. Brentwood is great... And I want to feel safe walking to my car from Target.
Amy M. October 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I agree Lovelady.


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