Warson Woods PD forced to get outside resources to help patrol streets


by Lauren Trager / News 4


Posted on July 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 9:55 PM

 (KMOV) -- People in Warson Woods want more answers about recent developments at their police department.

Chief Robert Stanczak, a thirty year-plus law enforcement veteran, was placed on paid leave last week, along with another officer.

The mayor and city attorney tell News 4 they cannot comment on why because it’s a personnel issue.

This department has only seven people, so, reduced by two, Chief Dave Giacopelli says they called in nearby Glendale for help, for now.

“This is a short-term while we are short-handed they have offered the services of an officer for a few hours in the nighttime hour,” said Detective Giacopelli.

Detective Giacopelli confirmed Glendale officers are driving a Warson Woods car.

“Just didn’t want the citizenry alarmed, so we took a car over, because it’s only a couple of hours during the night,” he said.

He wasn’t aware how much the extra officer would cost the city, but he assures the citizens: “We are covering the streets 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

Aldermen tell News 4 they hope to have more information when an investigation is complete next week.