• On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis (“the department”) welcomed more than 250 St. Louis Public School District students participating in the “Books and Badges” program, as they visit the St. Louis Police Academy. The visiting students all attend Dewey, Stix, Shaw and Woerner Elementary Schools.
    “Books & Badges” is an innovative tutoring program that provides a unique learning experience for the children and police recruits involved. When police recruits begin the St. Louis Police Academy, they work with elementary students from the St. Louis Public School District. For one hour per week for the duration of the 28-week Police Academy, police recruits work with to help students with reading and writing.

    The goal of “Books & Badges” is not only to improve the reading and language art skills of elementary school students, but also to promote and improve the image of police in the community by presenting police officers as positive role models.