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St. Louis Co. adopts county wide police standards over objections of some mayors

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The St. Louis County Council voted to adopt uniform police across the county’s 57 different police departments over the objections of some mayors who call the effort a takeover.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger proposed a minimum standards for all police departments within St. Louis County in October. Stenger says the standards are needed after the unrest in Ferguson. The standards would require uniform licensing, training, and psychological screening.

“These standards challenge the status quo,, but that’s what change is all about, and this is a change our community desperately needs,” Stenger said.

Many St. Louis County mayors and police chiefs disagree, some of whom walked out of the county council meeting in which adopting the standards was discussed.

“It’s the intention to eliminate all of our police departments, starting with the police departments and then our cities. It’s a hostile takeover,” said Vinita Park Mayor James McGee.

Other mayors and elected officials echoed McGee’s sentiment. Stenger denies the move is about eliminating small municipalities.

Several mayors and police chiefs told News 4 they may challenge the ordinance in court.

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