Thursday first day for new St. Charles County police force -

Thursday first day for new St. Charles County police force

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — St. Charles County's new police department took over law enforcement in unincorporated areas Thursday.

The department will be led by Chief Dave Todd, who was sworn in Tuesday, along with his command staff and some other officers. Todd said most residents will notice few changes between the new department and duties the St. Charles County Sheriff used to perform. However, Todd said the department will take a new approach.

"We're going to get active on social media," Todd said. 

Todd said the department's Facebook page is up and running and also said a Twitter account will be added soon.

"We want to stay in contact with citizens and we want their feedback. If they don' like something, tell us what's wrong, we can't fix it if we don't know," Todd said.

Residents approved a county charter amendment in 2012 that shifts law enforcement from the sheriff's department to the new police force. The main difference is it puts policing under an appointed chief, not an elected official.

The sheriff continues to be elected and will be in charge of court security, transporting prisoners and serving subpoenas and some other documents in civil court cases.

Todd said the department will take steps to address the increasing amount of drug crimes in the county. He told News 4 the department is working closely with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and that a drug task force may be formed.

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