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Pine Lawn officials discuss possibility of dissolving police department

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PINE LAWN (KMOV.com) -

It's a police department with one of the worst reputations in our area and there’s a chance it could be disbanded.

The Pine Lawn police chief said other departments are trying to take over the town’s policing. Pine Lawn’s Board of Alderman met behind closed doors during a specially called meeting Monday night.

The chief said officials were interviewing departments to take over policing in Pine Lawn.

“There's several departments trying to take over our department, Normandy and the North County Co-Op, they think they can do a better job than us and I doubt that,” said Pine Lawn Police Chief Maurice Brown.

Brown took over the embattled department seven months ago. He said no one told him about Monday’s meeting.

Several members of the Normandy Police Department and the North County Cooperative, which was formed earlier this summer after Wellston Police dissolved their police department and joined with Vinita Park.

“I can’t discuss anything, you’re going to have to talk to people who can discuss it openly,” said Chief Tim Swope with the North County Co-Op after he walked out of the closed door meeting.

When News 4 asked Pine Lawn aldermen if the meeting was about disbanding the police department no one would comment.

“We’re not going to discuss it,” said one alderman.

However, Alderman Halk said they are “looking at options.”

Pine Lawn has seen its fair share of scandals including lawsuits, officers under investigation and protests. However, Chief Brown says he's turning things around.

“That’s all changed since I took over, I changed a lot of things and the citizens are commending us for the job,” said Chief Brown.

The aldermen would not say when or if they would meet again, but there is another specially called meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

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