Retired Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Mike Force was among 16 public safety responders and several civilians from throughout Missouri presented with Missouri Department of Public Safety awards on Oct. 28 by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.
Force received the “Hall of Fame” award presented to a senior or retired public safety professional recognizing their exemplary career of service to the state “evidenced by devoting their talents to improving the safety and security of the state’s citizens.”
For more than a quarter-century, Force served as chief of the Lake Saint Louis Police Department, retiring this August. During his tenure, the department grew from 11 officers to three times that number.
Force, was a retired U.S. Marine Corps captain with service at military installations around the globe and in private business before taking the Lake Saint Louis job. According to a Missouri Department of Public Safety news release, Force “insisted upon strong values and community involvement from sworn officers and civilian employees.”
The release also notes that Force “also took a personal interest in the lives of youth, and regularly personally intervened to help turn lives around.”
He also served as president of the Missouri Police Chiefs’ Association, chairman of the Missouri Police Chiefs’ Charitable Foundation, and of the Missouri Police Officer Standards and Training Commission, and was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Image and Ethics Committee.
In all, Greitens presented the Missouri Medal of Valor and four new Department of Public Safety awards to a total of 16 Missouri public safety responders from across the state and two civilians who assisted law enforcement officers in emergency situations during 2016. He presented the awards during a Jefferson City ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the Governor’s Mansion for the award recipients, their families and fellow public safety professionals.