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Jennings mayor considers cutting ties with St. Louis County police

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JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The mayor of Jennings said she has doubts about renewing the city's policing contract with the St. Louis County Police Department when their agreement expires in 2016.

Mayor Yolanda Fountain-Henderson said she has been dissatisfied with St. Louis County officers patrolling the city since council members voted to disband the Jennings police department in 2011.

Currently Jennings pays St. Louis County $3 million each year for police services under an agreement that started in 2011, when Jennings dissolved its own force amid allegations of corruption.

"I just feel like we're paying a lot for police service, and we're paying more than when we had our own," said Fountain-Henderson.

The mayor said reforming the Jennings Police Department is a possible consideration, but she is also in favor of receiving bids for police protection.

St. Louis County officials released a statement regarding their policing efforts in Jennings:

"The St. Louis County Police Department entered into a full service contract with the City of Jennings in March, 2011.  The St. Louis County Police Department enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with the City of Jennings previous Mayor.   When the initial contract was signed, the City of Jennings saved money by utilizing our police department to provide policing services for their residents.  Since the St. Louis County Police took over full time policing services, the City of Jennings has seen over a 30 percent reduction in part one crimes." 

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