North County municipality with 822 residents to bring back police department

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by Alissa Reitmeier / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 4 at 4:34 PM

FLORDELL HILLS (KMOV.com) – Flordell Hills has decided to form its own police department even though the city only has 822 residents.

The city said the move has been in works for months. The department will feature six full time officers, and it will cost more than what the city paid to have County Club Hills patrol the municipality. The city will have one officer for every few square blocks.

The assistant police chief told News 4 the goal is to provide a more personal interaction with residents. He said the town considered contacting out to St. Louis County Police, but decided to go in another direction.

“The cost was a factor, and the coverage we were going to receive, how many officers would be assigned here. We have more control over our own force,” Lt. Douglas Rosemann said.

Residents told News 4 they agree with reviving the department.

“The moment you expand out as a force to deal with a whole entire community, then you have to start treating people as a group and everything should be done on an individual basis versus a group basis,” Eric Lagrone said.

Rosemann said he believes the department, which will have six full time officers, and two part time and reserve officers can handle day to day policing. He said the department will have the option of reaching out to St. Louis County Police when necessary.

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