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Six member police force to take over Flordell Hills department

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(KTVI)- Country Club Hills had been policing Flordell Hills and its 822 residents, but all that will change on October 1st.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are reporting that a six member police force will take over. That amounts to about one officer for every 140 people living in Flordell Hills. The new police chief, Dennis Oglesby, says the force will bring improved services and could save money.

Critics of these smaller police forces say the real motivation could be to maximize revenue from traffic tickets. They also say the officers usually have less resources, don’t receive as much tranining and are paid low wages.

The decision was made before the shooting death of Michael Brown and the unrest that has followed in nearby Ferguson. But that has put a spotlight on who is policing the various municipalities in St. Louis county and how they are conducting their operations.