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Why the Pine Lawn PD may disband

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    By the end of the day, the Pine Lawn board may determine the future of their police force. Tuesday night's meeting is expected to further discussions on the possibility of disbanding the city's police department. Pine Lawn residents will get the chance to share their thoughts on the issue before the board discusses personnel matters behind closed doors.More >
    By the end of the day, the Pine Lawn board may determine the future of their police force. Tuesday night's meeting is expected to further discussions on the possibility of disbanding the city's police department. Pine Lawn residents will get the chance to share their thoughts on the issue before the board discusses personnel matters behind closed doors.More >
PINE LAWN (KMOV.com) -

For the second consecutive night, the Pine Lawn officials met behind closed doors to discuss whether or not to disband the city’s police department.

Monday night, a similar meeting was held. Officials did not say why the possibility of disbanding the police department was being discussed Monday. On Tuesday however, one alderman told News 4 the department may be dissolved because of the bad reputation it has earned.

Officials also discussed which department would take over if dissolution occurs.  St. Louis County PD is one option on the table.

“We think we can make a difference in Pine Lawn,” said St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar. “What do we bring to the table? We bring professionalism, a full service police department, everything we can bring to the city and the fact we’ve doing these contracts since 1957.”

Pine Lawn’s acting mayor did not comment on the meeting, but an alderman said no decision has been made.

Some residents are upset that the possibility is being discussed behind closed doors.

“It should have been a public meeting where the public should have been allowed to at least sit in and listen to who it is they’re trying to drag into our community,” said resident Rosalyn Brown.

Other residents feel problems within the police department are in the process of being fixed, making dissolution unnecessary.

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