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State representative to file legislation allowing sheriffs to patrol St. Louis streets

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The ongoing violence in the City of St. Louis has a state lawmaker calling for a change that would put additional officers on the streets.

Joshua Peters, a state representative of St. Louis, said he plans to file legislation that would allow the St. Louis City Sheriff’s Department to aid in policing the city’s street.

Peters said Monday’s deadly shooting of St. Louis Alderman Jeffrey Boyd’s nephew emphasized the need for more policing in the city.

Missouri law states the sheriff of the City of St. Louis can’t enforce general criminal laws. Right now, the City Sheriff’s Department provides court room security for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, transports prisoner and serves court papers.

Peters said his planned legislation would remove policing restrictions, allowing the department to act as other sheriff’s departments do throughout Missouri.

When asked, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson dismissed the planned legislation.

“Why are we talking about sheriffs? Let’s hire more police officers. Sheriff’s aren’t trained to do the job of a police officer. Sheriff’s don’t have the same certifications that police officers have,” Chief Dotson said. “Let’s just hire police officers, 160 would be a step in the right direction.”

The Missouri House of Representatives will begin bill pre-filing on December 1. 

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