ST. LOUIS – There’s big news concerning where many St. Louis County Police officers will work in the coming years.
County Executive Sam Page announced plans at a Wednesday morning news conference to build two new county police precincts. One of the new precincts will be in south county, while the other one will be in north county.
Page said the new precincts will replace older and smaller leased buildings with new, larger facilities owned by the county. Page also said the new Precinct 1 in north county will be at 11030 Dunn Road in the Spanish Lake area. The new building will be more than double the size of the current north county precinct off Route 367. Construction should start in November, with the new facility set to open by the end of 2023.
Page would share that the new Precinct 3 in south county will be at 11520 Gravois Road in Sappington – the former site of the Sappington Garden Shop as well. That will replace the current Affton-Southwest Precinct on Griffin Road. The new building will be three times the size of the current one and is scheduled to open in early 2024 with construction beginning next month.
“In addition to making sure police officers are well paid, and well staffed, well-trained and are available when they’re called, we need to make sure they have the equipment they need to be successful,” Page said when explaining the importance of the new precincts. “Part of that equipment is a police precinct where they can process suspects and to work together to solve the crimes that we deal with in our community.”
We’re told the total cost to build both new precincts is $27.6 million.
Page said the money for the facilities is coming from Proposition P – a public safety sales tax approved by voters back in 2017.