Should the city or the state have control of police? - KMOV.com

Should the city or the state have control of police?

(KMOV) -- For the first time ever, St. Louis residents will vote on whether or not they believe the police department should operate under local control. 

Right now, and since 1861 (the Civil War), the State of Missouri has had control over the police department. 

On November 3rd, 2010, residents will have their chance to vote “yes” or “no” on the issue. 

It is important to note that the results of the vote will not be binding. This means they will not carry any official weight. 

City leaders want to share the results with lawmakers in Jefferson City with the hope that the results will prove that residents want their police department to be controlled locally.

In the past, members of the St. Louis Police Officers Association have voiced concerns that the switch to local control could affect their pensions. 

What do you think? Would you vote yes or no on the measure?

 

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