Joseph Keaveny

Local Control
7:02 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Bound by Division: Local Control of the St. Louis Police Department

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police displayed on a patrol vehicle. (St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis residents pay for the city’s police force, but the state controls it.

While St. Louis’ mayor sits on the Board of Police Commissioners, Missouri’s governor appoints the other four members.

It’s been that way for 150 years, since the outset of the Civil War.

In recent years, the drumbeat to bring local control back to the city has been growing louder.

As part of St. Louis Public Radio’s continuing Bound By Division series, Maria Altman reports the reasons for and against local control have changed since the Civil War, but it’s still an issue that pits the city against the state.

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MO Statehouse
7:27 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

STL Police local control bill hits snag in Mo. Senate

A Missouri Senate committee has approved legislation that would restore local control to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, but not before adding a provision that could also kill it.

The amendment would reduce the number of city aldermen in St. Louis to 14, and the number of wards from 28 to seven.

The move comes one day after a related bill easily passed the Missouri House.

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Local control coalition
4:11 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Coalition pledges to keep pushing on local control

Mo. State Senator Joe Keaveny. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

A day after a measure granting St. Louis control of its police department cleared the latest of several legislative hurdles, a broad coalition of politicians, business and community leaders and civil rights activists pledged to help it get through the Missouri Senate.

The message they'll bring? You have to listen to the people.

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