By Randy Pierce
MADISON COUNTY — In recognition of his many years of dedicated service to law enforcement, Triad High School’s onsite police officer, Joe Hallbrooks, has been presented with an award by Madison County Sheriff Jeff Connor.
When Connor appeared as a guest speaker to address a class studying careers and taught by Lauren Maedge at Triad, he found it was a great opportunity to honor Hallbrooks who retired in November after 25 years with the sheriff’s department then not long thereafter joined the Troy Police Department and took the position as school resource officer at Triad.
An award plaque given by Connor on behalf of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis to Hallbrooks indicates he had been a Madison County representative with that unit for 20 years and stated, “Your leadership and expertise have helped to set the standard by which this outstanding organization is known.”
“Through your efforts,” the statement on the award continued, “the victims and families of violent crime are served with justice.”
When serious crimes occur, the Major Case Squad is activated then a team of investigators is assigned to assist the appropriate local police department. The expertise of the numerous detectives involved has led to many arrests and apprehensions of suspects.
The major case squad, which is observing its 57th anniversary this year, was organized in the mid-1960s to provide support to community police agencies in dealing with murders and other crimes of a serious nature.
This investigative unit is made up of representatives from police departments on both sides of the Mississippi River around St. Louis. It is recognized as being one of the top investigative squads in the nation and has a clearance rate of over 80 per cent on cases in which its members are involved.
Among the many participating law enforcement agencies in this Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis are the police departments in Collinsville and Troy and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.