The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID), managed by Downtown STL, Inc., was established in 2000 to make the city of St. Louis a cleaner, safer and more attractive environment to attract new investments and create a more vibrant business, residential and entertainment community in the core of the city. Part of that initiative is a recently-expanded service that provides safety officers to accompany locals and tourists alike.
We reached out to Kelli McCrary, Downtown STL’s Director of Security and Urban Space, to ask her some questions about the initiative. Here’s what she had to say.
Who are the Downtown St. Louis safety officers?
Our safety officers are commissioned police officers, and this is a secondary service that they provide. They are very familiar with the businesses, shops and overall scene Downtown, so they’re always in the loop of what’s happening.
What’s the process for contacting a safety officer?
If you’d like a safety officer to accompany you, just call 314-280-4817 and explain where you are and what you need. Once the operations manager receives your information, a safety officer will arrive within 15 minutes and walk with you wherever you need to go.
What do safety officers wear so people know who to look for?
The safety officers wear standard St. Louis Police Department uniforms.
When are safety officers available?
Officers are available each day of the week with extended hours on weekends and holidays. The chart below shows specific times for each day. Keep in mind that this schedule is subject to change and residents can always call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.
This Tax Season, we recognize that our accounting firm partners in the Downtown area will be working late into the evening. Downtown STL, Inc. has added an additional late-night shift to our Safety Officer program for the increased convenience of all employees as they navigate their way through the business core. The service is currently available from 9 a.m. – 1 a.m., Monday- Friday through April 15.
Where exactly can a safety officer walk with me?
The Downtown Community Improvement District is a 180-square block area located in the center of Downtown, St. Louis. Here is a map of the CID where officers can accompany you:
Does this cost anything?
Not at all. This safety initiative is a free service provided by Downtown Community Improvement District. We make sure we utilize our resources to ensure everyone has a comfortable experience in St. Louis.
What other safety resources are available for Downtown residents and visitors?
Noonlight (formerly SafeTrek) is an app that you can download and use whenever you may be walking alone at night or feel uneasy. Users simply open the app and hold a button on their smartphone and once they’re comfortable, they remove their finger and enter a four-digit PIN. If they remove their finger without entering the PIN, local law-enforcement is alerted. Noonlight then provides police with the user’s location. To download the app, click here.
If you have additional questions for Kelli, feel free to send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about the safety resources available in Downtown St. Louis by visiting this page.