DOJ recommends closing 4 Metro East police departments

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by Brittany Noble / News 4 | @brittanyNoble

KMOV.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 4:20 PM

(KMOV.com) — After a thorough investigation, The United States Justice Department is making some recommendations for four Metro East police departments.

The department is suggesting the cities of Alorton, Washington Park, East St. Louis and Brooklyn close their police department.

That is too expensive according to Investigator Calvin Dye Sr. of the Metro East Police Commission. 

"You have to start all over with everything, firing and new officers. It’s a big job," he said.

The justice department also suggested the cities combine their forces. That could mean one jail and one processing center.

“If everyone is on equal grounds, you may have a better chance of surviving," said a man who lives in East St. Louis.

The Metro East Police Commission said they will not make any decisions until they hear from the community. They will have a meeting, Thursday March, 27th at the New Life Community Church in East St. Louis. It will start at 7p.m.

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