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St. Louis County's Prop P For Police Gets Nod From Voters



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April 07, 2017
 
With the passage of St. Louis County's Prop P on Tuesday, County Police Chief Jon Belmar hit the ground running on Wednesday.

 
The proposition passed with 101,964 (63.18 percent) in favor and 59,433 (36.82 percent) against.

 
Of the $80 million Prop P is expected to generate each year, about $46 million would go to St. Louis County, specifically to police, the prosecutor and the department of corrections. The remainder would be distributed among the county's 90 municipalities, based on population.

 
Chief Belmar said he met with his staff at 8 a.m. on Wednesday laying out the expectation of hiring 110 additional police officers which will enable the department to have two-officer police cars.

 
With the funds from Prop P, the police department will be able to enhance the pay scale of current police officers and the starting pay of officers the county expects to attract, Belmar said.

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"We want to attract and retain the best police officers," Belmar said.

 
The additional police officers will bolster the current 800-person force. In addition to two-officer police cars, funding from Prop P will allow for increased safety measures for the officers and better efficiency in proactive enforcement.

 
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger thanked the voters for their support at the polls.

 
"I just want to tell them how much I appreciate their vote of confidence in our St. Louis County Police Department and the police departments across the county," Stenger said.

 
Chief Belmar echoed Stenger's sentiments, noting he was very grateful for the public support.

 
"We wouldn't have asked (for the funding) if we didn't feel like it was extremely necessary," he added


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