Special Operations conducts all ongoing investigations of state and federal laws concerning Narcotics violations, Juvenile crime and Gang activity and makes the necessary arrests. They prepare and execute search warrants along with conducting lectures and give presentations to the Districts and outside entities. Special Operations also acts as a liaison for the Department with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Major Rochelle Jones

Commander of the Special Operations Division

Major Rochelle Denise Jones is a commissioned officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, joining on May 16, 1983. After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July of 1991, she served in the Seventh District, Internal Affairs Division, and the Canine/Mobile Reserve Unit.

Major Jones was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in November of 2001. As such she was the first female in the Department’s history to be named and serve as the commander of the Homicide Division. She also served in the Fifth and Sixth Districts.

In April of 2006, Major Jones was promoted to the rank of Captain. She served as the Special Projects Director for the Inspector of Police and the Commander of District Eight. Once again she was the first female (and first person to hold the newly created position) in the Department’s history to become the Patrol Executive Officer, which gave oversight to each of the three Area Stations and command of the Special Operations Division (Gang Unit, Juvenile and Narcotics Units) for these Area Stations.

On January 16, 2013, Major Jones was promoted to the rank of Major and is currently assigned as the Night Chief and the Commander of Support Operations Division.

Major Jones was selected to participate in the NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) “Chief Executive Mentoring Program”, which is a two year block of study and instruction at Cedarville University (Ohio), with graduation July 24, 2012. The specially selected candidates aspire to become a Chief of police in the future.

Major Jones has also attended and successfully graduated from the prestigious Senior Management Institute for Police. This is a course of study in executive strategic management that is facilitated thru PERF (Police Executive Research Forum)

Major Jones is also a graduate of Leadership St. Louis thru FOCUS, which is a locally based nonprofit and is committed to creating regional solutions through community leadership.

Major Jones is a Soror, Delta Sigma Theta Inc., serving on several committees and participating in public service activities on a continual basis.

Major Jones is a member of the Women Behind the Badge (founding member), Ethical Society of Police (ESOP), the Police Officers Association and the Police Leadership Organization.

Major Jones serves on the Board of Directors for Birthright Counseling, St. Louis and the Katy Ann Foundation where she is also a Mentor in addition to being a board member.

Having served the citizens of St. Louis with dignity and respect, Major Jones has received several awards throughout her career that include three Chief’s Letters of Commendation and fifteen Captain’s Letters for exceptional performance. She has been the officer of the month for District Four. She was awarded the “Illuminator Award” on March 11, 2008, from the POW (Professional Organization of Women) and the “Emerald Award” from the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

Major Jones holds a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in the Management of Criminal Justice Systems.

Major Jones is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri and is the oldest daughter of Charles (Sr.) and Janet Jones. She loves to watch live plays at the Muny Opera and the Fox Theatre, study leadership, collect and wear antique clothing and jewelry.