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Belmar speaks on Prop P money allocation

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St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says a good chunk of the money from Prop P will go towards pay raises and hiring more police officers.

The half-cent sales tax increase was approved in 2017 and generated around $46 million for the St. Louis Police Department.

Belmar says the department is currently short 114 officers.

“We have more than half of those114 allotments identified or hired. Some are in the academy and some are already out on the street,” said Belmar.

He said officers should experience a lighter workload and added that St. Louis County residents should soon see more officers and notice body cameras and cameras in patrol cars.

“Those are things where the RFPS are already back. We are evaluating the systems right now. We have a target window of October to have at least some of those body cameras and car cameras in the field,” Belmar said.

Belmar also said another goal is to use the money to improve precincts in Affton and North County.

“One of those stations we’ve been in since 1974 and other for over 20 years. We outgrew them a long time ago,” said Belmar.

Another $34 million will be divided annually among St. Louis County’s municipalities.

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