VIDEO: Appointment of John Hayden as Commissioner of the St Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Appointment of John Hayden as Commissioner of the St Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Mayor Lyda Krewson and Director of Public Safety Jimmie Edwards have appointed John Hayden as police commissioner, effective immediately.

Hayden is a 30-year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. During that span, he has risen through the Department, earning the rank of lieutenant in 1995, captain in 2006, and major in 2015. His most recent position was commander of the Police Deparment’s North Patrol Division. Between 2006 and 2013, he served as commander of the Internal Affairs Division.

“John Hayden has served St. Louis with honor and distinction for 30 years,” Mayor Krewson said. “He has a great track record building trust in the communities in which he’s served. At this very critical time in our City, John will continue that exemplary service as our police chief.”

Hayden, 55, holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington University, a master’s degree in management from Fontbonne University, and has earned more than half of the credits required for a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law.

During the interview process, Hayden said he is committed to community policing. His vision is of a Police Department that is accountable to the people of St. Louis, and a department that views citizens as partners working hand-in-hand with officers to combat crime, he said.

“I know how our agency functions from the executive level. I know the importance of ethical decision-making and maintaining the highest level of integrity from the top down,” Hayden said. “Our agency needs to make certain that we are providing culturally-sensitive officers with the training and tactics to ensure their safety as well as the safety of the citizens in our community.”

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