Joseph John Kress

Joseph John Kress

Birth
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 2 Jan 2020 (aged 79)
St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section Number 1GH, Grave Number 662, Steel Casket, Concrete Box, Extra Deep
Memorial ID 205928093 · View Source
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Officer Joseph J. Kress, DSN 5475, received his commission on 12/21/1964. Officer Kress served in the following districts and specialized divisions through out his career. They were the 9th, Dummy Assignment, Bureau of Field Operation's, 9th, Training Division, and finally the Public Affair's Division. Officer Kress retired on 05/26/1986 and served a total of 20.52 years of faithful and dedicated service to the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Officer Kress was selected, and became one of the first Police-School Liaison officers for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. In October 1972, along with two other Juvenile officers Joe represented the St. Louis Police Department in attending the Prestigious Police-School Liaison Officers Clinic in Flint Michigan funded by the Mott Foundation and the Flint, Michigan Police Department. The Flint Michigan Police Department was the first police department to develop this highly successful program in the United States.

Joe along with two other officers were sent to study the methodology that had been developed for uniform application throughout the United States and then help develop this program within the St. Louis Police Department.

In short the concept was to place a plain clothes Police Officer in the St. Louis public high schools who would be used as a resource officer to develop a positive image of the police in the community by interacting with not only the students but also the surrounding school community. The assigned plain clothes officer was not there to serve as a school guard or as a disciplinarian. If there would be one word to define the concept it would be “Bonding” with the student, the school and the Community.

The plain clothes Police-School Liaison Officer program was funded by the Federal Law Enforcement Assistance program. The assigned officer worked four hours a day in the public school as a part time job in addition to his regular eight hour a day shift. The officers were paid by the Federal Government for their four hour part time work.

Officer Kress was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of Airman 1st Class.

Dearest son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. and Margaret E. (nee Schofield) Kress.

KRESS, JOSEPH JOHN
A1C U.S. AIR FORCE
VIETNAM

DATE OF BIRTH: 10/10/1940
DATE OF DEATH: 01/02/2020

BURIED AT: SECTION 1GH SITE 662
JEFFERSON BARRACKS NATIONAL CEMETERY
2900 SHERIDAN ROAD
ST. LOUIS, MO
63125


Services:
Funeral at Kutis South County Chapel (5255 Lemay Ferry) on Friday 1/10/2020 at 9AM.

Inurnment JB National Cemetery.

Visitation Thursday 4-8PM


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph John Kress (10 Oct 1940–2 Jan 2020), Find A Grave Memorial no. 205928093, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Timothy Tumbrink (contributor 46772461) .