Contact the Citizens Service Bureau by calling


When placing calls for service in the parks (THE PARK, not the neighborhood), please use the following addresses:

Benton Park - 3100 S. Jefferson Avenue

Gravois Park - 3200 Potomac Street.

On our blog, we have more helpful safety tips. View the Safe Spot posts by clicking here.



Benton Park West stakes crime and safety very seriously.  We actively participate in the City's Neighborhood Ownership Model which includes 3D Community Outreach Meetings, C.O.P.  and other safety measures.  


Neighborhood Ownership Model

St. Louis residents, who were tired of worrying about the health of their neighborhoods, have taken action. The Neighborhood Ownership Model, developed by residents of the City of St. Louis in 2010, has now been adopted by many neighborhoods across the City. The Neighborhood Ownership Model is a citizen-led program that is supported by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of the Mayor.


3D Police Partnership Community Outreach Meetings

Community Outreach Meetings are held every three months (March, June, September, and December) on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at the 5 Star Senior Center located at 2832 Arsenal.


Citizen's On Patrol (COP)

If you feel motivated to driving around 1-2 times a month looking for out streetlights, overflowing trash dumpsters, overgrown grass, and reporting any suspicious behavior, consider volunteering. For more information on COP visit the Third Disctrict Police Partnerships site .



Nextdoor is the private social network; your address must by verified to join the Benton Park West group. It's a safe and easy way to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world.


People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in

  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group

  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter

  • Find out who does the best paint job in town

  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog

  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike

  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name


Click here to join NextDoor.


Safety Tips

  • Turn on front and back porch lights at night

  • Don't leave any valuables in your car

  • When walking be aware of your surroundings and try not to walk alone, particularly at night.

  • Keep front and back door locked and closed while working in the basement, garage or backyard.

  • Do not leave garage doors open or unlocked. 

  • Pay attention to neighbors homes/garages.

  • Pick up your newspaper (your neighbors if they are on vacation.)

  • Call 911 and report any suspicious activity.


The Police, NSO, and Alderman attend our Neighborhood Association Meetings the 3rd Thursday of the month.  They share reports, statistics, and other information regarding crime and safety.  After the meeting, residents are encouraged to share issues, complaints, tips, etc with these folks.  Privacy is provided.


Neighborhood Stabilization Officers

Ward 9: Barb Potts, NSO, (w) 314-613-3083, (c) 314-397-1091

Ward 20: Mark Minden, (w) 314-657-1354


Crime Prevention/Police

Emergency/Drug Activity: 911

Non-Emergency: 314-231-1212

Problem Property Officer: 314-622-3600

Drug/Gang Hotline: 314-241-COPS 

Police Chief: Colonel John W. Hayden, Jr. 

Police Major: Caruso, 314-444-2585 

3rd District Police Captain: Joseph Morici, 314-444-2597

3rd District Community Outreach Officer: Jazmon Garrett, 314-444-2564 

3rd Dist Nuisance Officers: 

      PO Daphne Allen, 314-444-2563 

      PO Erin Hine, 314-444-2564 

      PO Samantha Edwards, 314-444-2572 



Animal Abuse Hotline: 314-647-4400

Child Abuse Hotline (Division of Family Services): 1-800-392-3738

St. Louis Crisis Nursery Hotline: 314-768-3201

Parental Stress Help Line: 1-800-367-3543

Parents Anonymous: 647-HELP or 1-866-492-0843


Safety Issues

To Report Alley Lights Out (Ameren UE): 314-342-1000

To Report Street Lights Out (CSB): 314-622-4800

Water Issues or To Report an Open Hydrant: 314-771-4880

Illegal Dumping: 911, then call Citizen Service Bureau: 314-622-4800

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association (BPWNA) was incorporated in 1998 with the state of Missouri and the IRS to be a 501(c)3 organization. © 2014 by Benton Park West Neighborhood Association. All rights reserved. Webmaster at

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