Recruitment & Retention      Community Relations       Equitable Policy Reform       Support for Officers

Fox 2 Now: St. Louis had only 2 officers for an entire district – Both called in sick

Photo Courtesy of ESOP

ST. LOUIS – There were two police officers scheduled to work an entire St. Louis police district, but they called out sick, causing a ripple-effect for the entire city.

The St. Louis Police Officers’ Association (SLPOA) said only two officers were assigned to work the second shift (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.) in District 3 on Wednesday.

“Both of them became ill, so it left them with no one left in the district,” SLPOA Business Manager Joe Steiger said.

Steiger said resources from a nearby district were utilized to take calls.

“We’ve been sounding the alarm on the fact that we’re way understaffed,” Steiger said. “It’s dangerous for the police officer. Someone is going to get hurt. Someone is going to get injured.”