Bureau of Operations


To provide the necessary support services required by various units of the Department. Such services will include providing radio communications to various sectors of the City of St. Louis, the receipt and dispatch of calls, processing of prisoners, records procedures, criminalistic services, firearms identification, technical arts, processing of evidence, identification, and property/evidence custody, storage, and disposition.

-District Pages

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Kuntz

Commander of the Bureau of Operations


Lt. Col. Edward Kuntz joined the Metropolitan Police Department as a Police Officer on December 2, 1979. He was assigned to the Sixth District, Fifth District, and as a detective in the Fifth District Detective Bureau. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in May 1989. As a Sergeant, he served in the Sixth District, Second District, and the Internal Affairs Division.

Lt. Col. Kuntz was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in September 1994. He was assigned to the Fifth District until August 2003 when he was assigned as Commander of the newly formed Anti-Crime Task Force.

In April 2006, Lt. Col. Kuntz was promoted to the rank of Captain. He was assigned as the Commander of the Vice-Narcotics Division and later served as Commander of the Crime Suppression Unit, the Tactical Operations Division, and the Sixth District.

In October 2014, Lt. Col. Kuntz was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as the Commander of the Airport Division at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. In July 2015, Lt. Col. Kuntz was promoted to his present rank and is currently assigned as Deputy Chief, Bureau of Operations.

Lt. Col. Kuntz has received 3 Chief’s Letters of Commendation during his career and has been Officer of the Month for both the Fifth and Sixth Districts.

Lt. Col. Kuntz is a Distinguished Graduate of the Master’s Degree program in International Relations at Webster University, has earned a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New York. Lt. Col. Kuntz is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Lt. Col. Kuntz is a veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in August 2008 after a distinguished 27 year career which included both active duty and reserve service. His decorations include multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. As a Special Agent assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, in 1995, Lt. Col. Kuntz was named the Air Force Special Agent of the Year.

Lt. Col. Kuntz is a military graduate of the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute, the Air Force Special Investigations Academy, the Air Force Special Operations School and the Air Command and Staff College.