Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole was commissioned as a police officer on January 9, 1984. After graduating from the Police Academy, he was assigned to the Ninth District and Intelligence Unit.
Lt. Col. O’Toole was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in March of 1991. As a Sergeant he served in the Third and Ninth Districts, as well as working for the Board of Police Commissioners.
In April of 1995, Lt. Col. O’Toole was promoted to Lieutenant and served in the Third and Fifth Districts, as well as commanding the Departments Mobile Reserve Unit and SWAT team.
Lt. Col. O’Toole was promoted to Captain in June of 2000, and spent three years as the Commander of the Fourth District. Following his promotion to Major in November of 2003, he commanded the South Patrol Division and later the Central Patrol Division.
In January of 2009, Lt. Col. O’Toole began his service as Deputy Commander of the Bureau of Community Policing until his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in February 2012. As the Commander of the Bureau of Community Policing, Lt. Col O’Toole oversaw an authorized strength of approximately 950 commissioned officers in the Departments nine patrol districts, the Special Operations Unit, Housing Authority, and the Nuisance and Problem Property Unit.
Lt. Col. O’Toole served as the Commander of the Bureau of Community Policing until August 2013 when he began serving as the Deputy Commander of the Bureau of Professional Standards. He was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police on July 9, 2015. On April 19, 2017, Lt. Col. O’Toole was appointed Acting Police Commissioner. A role he remained in until December 28th, 2017. Lt. Col. O’Toole currently holds the office of the Assistant Chief.
Throughout his distinguished career at the Department, Lt. O’Toole has received five Chief’s letters of Commendation honoring his skilled work in law enforcement.
Lt. Col. O’Toole earned a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and served as the President of the FBI National Academy Associates for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Lt. Col. O’Toole has also attended such prestigious law enforcement programs such as the Police Executive Research Forum at the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, MA; and the Executive Leaders Program sponsored by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. In 2016, Lt. Col. O’Toole successfully completed both the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute and the Anti-Defamation League’s Advanced Training School on extremist and terrorist threats.