St. Louis Police Were Routinely Told To Limit Activity Amid Dispatcher Woes, Memo Shows

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis police department’s severely understaffed communication center regularly operated with about half the dispatchers it needed this summer, limiting officers’ ability to initiate their own calls and hindering their ability to call for help in emergencies.

According to internal department memos obtained by the Post-Dispatch, officers on 18 separate shifts from June through August were told to limit interactions with the public that did not begin with a call to 911 because the department did not have enough dispatchers to run the channels for the city’s six districts and the special units channel.

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