Student & Children Programs & Information


Tours of the Ballwin Police Department

Tours are offered Monday through Friday and can be scheduled at various times throughout the day. The tours last approximately 45 minutes and include Police Communications (911 System), the criminal processing and holding area, the squad room, and a police patrol vehicle. The Ballwin Police Department is also very happy to assist scouting groups with any of their required projects including fingerprinting.

They are taught how to use the Emergency 911 number, and are given a sampling of what is involved with the day-to-day operation of a Police Department.

To schedule a tour of the facility, you may contact the Ballwin Police Department’s Community Affairs Division at (636) 227-9636.

Safety for Children - Fingerprinting

Children in pre-school through 6th grade are fingerprinted in order to possibly identify a child if he or she may be abducted. This is done on a yearly basis with the parents retaining the fingerprint cards. (The Police Department will not keep any fingerprint card on a child.)

Hug-A-Bear Program

The Ballwin Police, in conjunction with AT&T, keep on hand a supply of stuffed handmade bears. When officers respond to a call in which a child was injured or traumatized, the child is given a Hug-A-Bear.

Interactive 911 Simulator

On July 15, 2003, the Ballwin Police Department received a 911 simulator to be used when giving tours at the police station and for classroom presentations at local schools.

By using the simulator’s telephone, a child participates in a question and answer dialogue with a realistic emergency operator. A 3-digit display shows the numbers that are dialed and two speakers allow other students to hear the phone conversation. The simulator is equipped with 7 pre-recorded messages which the instructor controls via a hand held button box.

Telephone Pioneers of America donated the 911 simulator to the Ballwin Police Department in memory of Harry C. Wangrow. Mr. Wangrow initiated the purchase of the 911 simulator prior to his death.

If you should have any questions concerning the 911 simulator or to schedule a tour or a classroom presentation, please contact the Community Affairs Division at (636) 207-2351.

Student Shadowing / Student Interns

The Ballwin Police are very supportive with those students trying to further pursue their career goals. The Ballwin Police work closely with the school districts, and when possible, will accept an intern to work at the Police Department. This not only fulfills a requirement for the student, but also it gives him or her the insight into their career choice of criminal justice. For more information please contact the Supervisor of the Community Policing Unit at 636-227-9636