FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Facial Recognition

Ask The Expert

Roger Rodriguez

Manager of Image Analytics

Roger served over 20 years with the NYPD, where he spearheaded the NYPD’s first dedicated facial recognition unit. The unit has conducted more than 8,500 facial recognition investigations, with over 3,000 possible matches and approximately 2,000 arrests. Roger’s enhancement techniques are now recognized worldwide and have changed law enforcement’s approach to the utilization of facial recognition technology.

Top News

St. Louis Aims to Reclaim PD from State-Controlled Civil War Era

May 10, 2011  | 


Photo: Boy27wonder (Flickr).

A Missouri bill that's on the verge of becoming law would give St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay oversight of a police department that's now controlled by a state commission set up during the Civil War.

The St. Louis Metro PD and the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department are the only two large urban law enforcement agencies in the nation that answer to state police commissions. In St. Louis, a five-member commission with four gubernatorial appointees and Mayor Slay oversees the department's $173 million budget, the hiring and firing of the police chief, disciplinary actions against officers, and major policy changes.

"The city funds the department via city dollars, but has virtually no say about how it runs," Kara Bowlin, the mayor's press secretary, tells POLICE Magazine.

If the current version of HB71 becomes law, control of the police department and its approximately 1,370 sworn officers would be returned to local control on or after January 2012 if certain conditions are met. In that scenario, current Police Chief Dan Isom would report to the city's director of public safety rather than the state police commission. The public safety director is appointed by the mayor.

Missouri's officials took over the police department at the start of the Civil War because were worried cities would use police officers and resources to fight confederates in southern Missouri, Bowlin said.

By Paul Clinton


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Jack Betz @ 5/11/2011 6:49 AM

IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Lucy314 @ 5/13/2011 7:11 PM

$173 Million dollar budget??? Try $140 Million dollar budget. The city is going bankrupt, the State has taken over the schools because they are not accredited (failing scores and no attendance) they want the Police department to get control of the Officers pension which has been self sufficient for 20 years with little if no money put into it by the city until the officers sued. The City is hoping that if they gain control of the dept. they can get the money and borrow against it. THen bankrupting the Police pension fund. Let them stay with the State until the City can get themselves straight.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

MO Woman Charged with Burning Officer with Cigarette at Traffic Stop
A St. Louis County, MO, woman burned an officer with a cigarette during a Wednesday...
Puerto Rico Officer Killed in Vehicle Crash
Agent Edwin Pabón-Robles was killed in a vehicle crash as he and his partner responded to...
Video: Charlotte Police Chief Releases Footage of Scott Shooting
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released dash-cam and body camera video...
5 Killed in Washington State Mall, Suspect at Large
Police searched Saturday for a gunman authorities said opened fire in the makeup...
Trump Wants to Bring Back Stop and Frisk
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in remarks at an African-American...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine