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Belmar praises North County police co-op

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St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar praised the police co-op formed between Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace, and Wellston.

Monday, Wellston officials voted to dissolve the town's police department and form the co-op with the other two municipalities. Belmar said the partnership is a cheaper alternative than having county police patrol all three cities.

“We're not inexpensive. We're an accredited police agency and on the forefront of technology and innovation, so it can be difficult for the St. Louis County PD to be competitive as far as price goes,” Belmar said.

Several municipalities contract out their police services to St. Louis County. Belmar said county police will help the co-op whenever possible.

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