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Department Director

Kevin Murphy
  Chief of Police

Kevin R. Murphy


Vision Statement

To Serve and Protect the Clayton Community in an Exceptional, Innovative and Professional Manner.

Department History

Law enforcement services were provided by a Marshal during the City's early years, but in 1920, the Marshal system was changed to a Police Department. Beginning with one full-time officer, the department has mirrored the City's growth and now consists of fifty-two commissioned officers and fourteen civilian employees. Of particular note is the fact that the Police Department has only had five Chiefs of Police for its entire eighty-one year existence.

Long recognized as a leader among municipal police agencies in St. Louis County, the Clayton Police Department has consistently endeavored to ensure the quality of its personnel, and has historically fielded one of the best-educated, highly trained and most respected police forces in the metropolitan region. In keeping with its tradition as a leader, in the year 2000, the Department was among the first law enforcement agencies in the State of Missouri to successfully achieve accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).


The Police Department is divided into two major bureaus, each of which is commanded by a Captain of Police. The Field Operations Bureau is responsible for patrol duties, responding to calls-for-service, traffic and parking enforcement, and community relations and crime prevention programs. The Investigations and Support Bureau is responsible for follow-up investigations, juvenile matters, communications, records and general administration.