|Intro:||St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says if the city controls its own police department then it will save money and increase accountability.|
Wrap: Mayor Francis Slay testified to the Senate General Laws Committee in a packed room that included St. Louis aldermen and police officers.
Slay says the city would do nothing to affect it's police officers retirement benefits.
|Description: "I have no, no interest in getting my hands on the pension money. I will also tell you that this bill will not in any way, change that at all."|
According to the mayor, state control of the department dates back to the Civil War when lawmakers were scared the department could have been used as a militia.
From the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.
|Intro:||Mayor Slay says local control of the St. Louis City Police is a good idea, but the department's association wants the city to stay hands off.|
Wrap: The city of St. Louis wants control of its police department - currently run by the state.
But Joe Steiger with the St. Louis Police Officers Association says police are scared of the influences that come with local control.
|Description: "The men and women of the St. Louis Police Officers Association would prefer to remain a professional police department, not a political one."|
One of the St. Louis Police officers' biggest concerns is what will happen to their pensions.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says a locally controlled department would have nothing to do with officers retirement plans.
From the state Capital, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.