Dave Bonenberger | St. Louis Public Radio

Dave Bonenberger

St. Louis Public Radio

Since last fall, the St. Louis Police Officers Association has supported a ballot initiative to bring local control of the department back to the city.

But this week the union’s president publicly urged members to vote “no” on Prop A.

Dave Bonenberger said in his "Message from the President" column that local control would lead to political influence in the department and loss of police pensions.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 - The St. Louis Police Officers Association elected a president last week who has spoken out against ending state control of the city's police department. But the association's business manager said he doesn't expect the development to affect pending "local control" legislation.