Local County officials honored the first St. Louis County female police officer this month with an official County holiday which celebrated her 22-year career with the department.
On the 60th Anniversary of her first day, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger deemed Dec. 21, 2017 as Police Officer Winona “Jean” Schrieber Day.
Schrieber’s dreams of becoming a police officer first got its start while she was living at the Protestant Ladies of the Grils Home in the City of St. Louis. While living there Schrieber became curious about police work when she read an article about a policewoman in New York and thought it would be an interesting livelihood.
Before Schrieber joined the force, she entered nurses training and worked in the medical field as a registered nurse. Shortly thereafter, she started her 22-year career at the St. Louis Police Department on Aug. 20, 1957 and worked until her retirement in the Spring of 1979.
While at the St. Louis Police Department, Schrieber held many positions such as a detective in the Juvenile Division & Missing Persons Unit, in the area of police-community relations, and recruitment for the department.
After she retired in the late 70s, Schrieber continued to serve her community as she volunteered at the St. Louis Zoo and at the St. Louis Visitors Center at the St. Louis Riverfront. In addition, Schrieber delivered Meals on Wheels and was a volunteer driver for the St. Louis County Older Resident Programs, in which she took seniors to the store, to doctor visits and wherever they required transportation to.