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St. Louis Co. Police Chief brushes off call for his resignation

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Chief Jon Belmar (Credit: KMOV) Chief Jon Belmar (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar brushed off a call for his resignation from a former St. Louis mayor.

"It's ridiculous, I'm not gong anywhere," Belmar said.

The call for him to step down came from Vince Schoemehl, the chairman of Bi State's Public Safety Committee.

Schoemehl is reacting to the photos published this weekend that appear to show county officers trying to cover up a security camera and ignoring patrols on Metro Link trains.

Read: Report shows county police covering security cameras at MetroLink substations

Chief Belmar said he will look into the allegations, but also said the room where the security is located functions as a break room at the North Hanley station and is an invasion of officers privacy. He added the release of the photos reveals a strained relationship between Metro public safety officers and St. Louis County Police.

"I'm not the one preventing them from being a police department, that's in the statute," Belmar said.

This year, St. Louis County Police took command of a MetroLink force made up of St. Louis County Police, St. Louis City Police and St. Clair Deputies while at the same time St. Louis County limited police powers for Metro Public Safety officers.

Richard Zott, Metro's Public Safety Chief, said the county should do a better job.

"I think we're experiencing on our system more crime than we should have."

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