Tempers flare as Breckenridge Hills mayor proposes dissolution of police force

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 5:59 AM

(KMOV) – Tempers flared Monday night at Breckenridge City Hall as residents discussed the mayor's proposal to dissolve the city's police department.

Jack Shrewsbury, mayor of Breckenridge Hills, has proposed shutting down the Breckenridge Hills Police Department for financial reasons.

While no vote was had during Monday's city council meeting, some residents voiced their fury at the prospect of losing its police force.

Shrewsbury says Breckenridge Hills gets almost $2 million dollars each year from St. Louis County taxes, but running the police department costs about over half that amount.

“You don’t offer a cookie to your kid if you don’t have one,” Shrewsbury said. “And, he wanting to get all of the information first, before offered it as a plan.”

The new proposal would have a neighboring city patrol Breckenridge instead of the city having their own department which would save $400,000 a year. 

St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez told News 4 he is interested in using his officers to patrol Breckenridge Hills. Jimenez said the two cities discussed a three-year contract and fulfilling the contract would require his department to take on 11 Breckenridge Hills officers

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