Political activist Rex Sinquefield is donating $300,000 to a Missouri group's effort to remove the St. Louis and Kansas City police departments from state control.
The political action committee A Safer Missouri plans to collect the 150,000 valid signatures necessary to get the issue on the Nov. 2012 ballot.
A Missouri House committee has voted in favor of legislation to give St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.
Those arguing in favor of local control say it's past time for St. Louis to regain authority over its police force.
Have you ever dealt with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department? The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies wants to hear from you.
The department got its first CALEA accreditation three years ago; it's trying to get re-accredited for another three years. As the department explains :
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