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Pine Lawn disbanding police department

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PINE LAWN, Mo. (AP and - Pine Lawn voted Friday night to disband its police department.

Officials said the department will be taken over by the North County Police Cooperative. The contract with the cooperative goes into effect immediately. It expires in one year but can be broken in six months, Pine Lawn's mayor said.

The police cooperative started last summer in another small north St. Louis County town, Vinita Park. It also patrols Wellston, after that city disbanded its police department, and Vinita Terrace. It took over patrol of Charlack in October.

Pine Lawn's former mayor, Sylvester Caldwell, was sentenced to prison last summer on corruption charges. A former police lieutenant, Steven Blakeney, was found guilty in January of conspiring with others to falsely arrest a mayoral candidate.

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