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Future unclear for Ferguson Police Department

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Governor Nixon announced Tuesday law enforcement's plan to keep the peace after the grand jury reaches a decision, but his plans do not clarify the future for the Ferguson Police Department. 

The governor revealed that there will be a unified command between the Highway Patrol, St. Louis County and St. Louis City Police, but did not go into detail on the role the Ferguson Police Department will have in the matter. 

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says Ferguson is a participant in the police response, just like other municipal departments in the county. 

Knowles believes the plan does not stray from what has been seen over the last three months, with St. Louis County and Highway Patrol coming in. 

As Governor Nixon announced the new unified command during Tuesday's press conference, the Ferguson Police were noticeably absent in the plan, but Nixon told reporters not to look too far into it. 

"These folks have had the opportunity to work together for the last 90 some odd days," says Nixon. "St. Louis County has taken [a] significant leadership role vis-a-vis Ferguson, but I don't want to comment any further on that." 

Nixon also said that decisions about the future of Ferguson's department would fall to local leaders, which is true, as the city council would have to vote to disband the department. 

Action has not yet been taken to do so, and Sandy Sansevere, a local volunteer at the "I Love Ferguson" store, says she's not overly concerned about which agencies are in charge.

"It doesn't matter to me who it is, as long as they take this seriously and keep us safe," says Sansevere. 

With uncertainty of the departments future, Ferguson Police continue to patrol the city limits. 

As for the law enforcement response when a Grand Jury is announced, Ferguson is not part of the unified command, but is part of the Ferguson Security Detail, which is commanded by St. Louis County Police. 

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