(KMOV) – There was standing room only at a meeting Thursday night concerning the control of the Jennings Police Department.
More than 250 people came out to hear what St. Louis County has in store for Jennings if the council decides to contract for county police services.
This comes on the heels of what the council calls corruption inside the police department including missing money, and a slew of internal investigations.
St. Louis County has been leading and staffing the Jennings Police Department since November when the Jennings police chief retired.
The county costs $2.8 million to contract. This would actually save Jennings $300,000 a year, and would give citizens more services like access to the county’s police helicopter, K-9, homicide and criminal investigation units.
County police already contract their officers to cover 16 municipalities. With the contract comes 33 county officers.
Current Jennings officers will be hired for those roles if they are qualified to work for the county, which pays about $9,000 more than Jennings.
One of the biggest concerns for residents is that they want to see the same officers they’re used to seeing. They’re also concerned about response times, but county officers will work from the Jennings Police Department.
Thursday’s meeting was an informational one, and the council will debate the issue at its next meeting on February 28.