(KMOV) – Illinois State Police now say they do not have a timetable for when the agency will become a permanent fixture in East St. Louis.
State officials initially said the new program would be in place by late March or early April. But now it’s expected to start more towards the end of the year.
ISP officials and St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly say they are attempting to make it more sustainable, focusing on the long-term goals.
Kelly says the people are in place, but they are trying to figure out the logistics.
East. St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore says even with assistance from Illinois State Police, he has a promise.
“East St. Louis is going to do, and I’m going to do as the chief of police of this city. They are out here working, trying to reduce crime,” said Floore.
Floore says East St. Louis has added 13 officers in the last two years. It is still unclear how many ISP will add.