A variety of community service and public relations programs are provided by the Police Department staff. The majority of these are the responsibility of the department's Community Service Corporal; however, other units and divisions fulfill program needs in accordance with need and expertise.
Clayton Police Vacation Check Program
The Clayton Police Department’s Vacation Check Program is designed to enhance peace of mind to our residents while they are away from home for extended periods of time. The Police Department will make periodic checks on your residence while it is vacant. Information you provide allows us to contact you or your designated emergency contact in the event we find something about the residence that may need attention.
This program is a public service to help safeguard citizens’ property and allow for rapid response and owner notification in the event of a problem. Please give us 3 business days’ notice before you leave if possible. We may need to ask for additional information. If you are interested in having a vacation check, please contact the Clayton Police Department at 314-290-8403 or East Central Dispatch Center at 314-645-3000.
If you arrive home early from your vacation, you are requested to contact the police department to stop the vacation checks.
Disclaimer: Requesting a vacation house check does not and the Clayton Police Department cannot and does not guarantee that a burglary, other crime or damage will not occur at your residence; it is only intended to be a request of the Clayton Police Department to check your home periodically, based upon the availability of an officer from time to time. Consequently, it is recommended that you make every effort to safeguard against losses including securing of high value property, using proper locking devices, alarm systems, etc.
Information on Unmanned Aircraft/DronesAn Unmanned Aircraft System, commonly referred to as a drone, is an aircraft without a pilot onboard controlled from an operator on the ground. It is the responsibility of the drone operator to understand and abide by the rules established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A summary of Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (part 107) can be found at https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf
For more information, resources and rules associated with flying drones, including whether you are required to register your drone with the FAA, please visit the Federal Aviation Administration’s website at https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/
The FAA also sponsors a free “B4UFLY” (Before You Fly) smartphone app to help drone operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly. The app can be found at https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly/
If you have any questions regarding the operation of drones in the City of Clayton, please contact the Clayton Police Department at 314-645-3000. To report an emergency related to the operation of a drone, please contact Clayton Police Dispatch at 911 or 314-645-3000.
Tips to Prevent Car Break-ins
Home Security Checklist
The Clayton Police Department has developed a guide to evaluate your home’s security utilizing the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Crime prevention is a matter of balancing risk and choices, based on what is practical and what we know about criminal behavior.
This Crime Prevention Survey was developed as a courtesy for you by the Community Services Division of the Clayton Police Department. It does not address code violations or other safety issues. While every effort has been made to incorporate reasonable means to reduce the opportunities for criminal activities to occur, there is no expressed or implied guarantee that no criminal activity will take place if these suggestions are implemented. The recommendations for improvement are based on CPTED principles, which are widely accepted in the security, law enforcement and architectural fields.
Firearm Surrender and Gun Locks
The Clayton Police Department is hoping you find this information helpful should you have a firearm or ammunition you would like to dispose of. Often, officers are called upon to assist residents when they have firearms or ammunition they no longer wish to keep.
The quickest and easiest way to get rid of a firearm or ammunition is to call the non-emergency police dispatch number (314) 645-3000 and request an officer respond to your home. We ask that you please leave the weapon in a safe location and when the officer arrives, direct the officer to it. The officer will ensure the gun is unloaded and rendered safe before taking possession of it.
Some residents may prefer to deliver the gun or ammunition to the police station. While this is not the preferred method, it is acceptable. If you choose to bring the weapon to the police department, we ask that you please follow these steps:
Ensure the weapon is unloaded and place it in the trunk or rear of your vehicle, separate from any ammunition. Please bring your driver’s license or some sort of identification. When you arrive at the station, leave the weapon or ammunition secured in your vehicle.
Once you speak with the front desk, an officer will be called into the station to take a police report and take possession of the gun or ammunition.
All firearms and ammunition will be temporarily stored in a secure vault. After a serial number check for theft, they are transported to a secure facility where they are destroyed.
We ask that you please remember to utilize these safety rules when handling any weapon.
- Make sure your firearm(s) are unloaded.
- Preferably, lock your firearm(s) in a secure container.
- Ammunition can be placed in a box or specified ammo can.
- Upon transport, lock the firearm(s) in the trunk of your car and store the ammunition in either the glove box and/or the interior compartment area.
- Drive straight to the police department.
- Once your firearm(s) and/or ammunition have been turned over, a police report number will be given to you for documentation purposes.
If you should ever encounter any type of military ordnance and/or explosives such as grenades, pipe bombs, sticks of dynamite, or containers of gun powder – DO NOT TOUCH! None of these types of ammunitions should be considered safe regardless of size or packaging. Contact the police department immediately by calling 9-1-1.
The Clayton Police Department will distribute free gunlocks upon request. Contact Community Services Corporal Jenny Schwartz at: 314-290-8424 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CrimeStoppers is an Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline that takes the public's crime tip information 24/7. CrimeStoppers does not have Voice Mail, Caller ID or Email Tracing, so all tips sent into our website, texted or called into our hotline are always anonymous. CrimeStoppers will never ask for your personal information, address, or phone number.
CrimeStoppers covers a 20 county area in the Bi-State area of Illinois and Missouri. Since 2006, CrimeStoppers has logged 12,000 tips that were delivered to the regional Law Enforcement Agencies. If the tip helps police make a Felony Arrest, the tipster is offered a cash reward of up to $1000.00. In Homicide cases, the reward is increased up to $5000.00 for information that leads police to make a felony arrest. CrimeStoppers is a Non-Profit Program that runs on private donations.