ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) - The impact from the police shootings and police murders here and across the country continue to weigh heavy on law enforcement officers. In St. Ann the police chief is moving to take care of his force, a force that he calls family.
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez said, “I want everyone one of you to go home at the end of your shift. I want you to go home to your family.”
At a mandatory meeting St. Ann officers were brought together to be reminded they are appreciated, loved and supported. Especially during these troubling times when a Ballwin officer was critically wounded, and cops were killed in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Kansas City. Chief Jimenez told his force, “I support you, your command supports you we support you we support you we support you.”
The department is not an island, they’ve been surrounded with compassion from citizens who’ve dropped off food, and drinks and sent letters of encouragement.
You don’t have to be on the streets to feel the concern. The violence against police has everyone from top to bottom on edge including the dispatchers. Steve Beckmann is the Communications Supervisor. He said, “We’re a big family nobody here wants our brothers or sisters to go home hurt or anything
Feelings felt by the force can follow them home. Officer Will Luu is married and has two girls ages seven and three. Officer Luu said, “When Dallas happened I told her Launa (his daughter) there were seven officers killed last night she said why I said sometimes people just don’t like police officers. She said dad that is the saddest thing I have ever heard.
Saturday another gathering of the force will be held for officers, civilians and their families.