St. Louis police to take over Lambert police

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday they will take over police operations at Lambert International Airport.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told FOX 2 the department change will take effect on July 1, 2014. He met with Lambert employees Tuesday.

A tweet from Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford stated the work for the transition starts Tuesday.

The news comes after Airport Police Chief Paul Mason announced his retirement last week.

Airport police are responsible for traffic control, criminal investigation, airport-based community-oriented policing, and general airport security for the traveling public.

Under the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the airport police will operate as a new bureau.  Operations staff and approximately 75 airport police officers will transition to the city of St. Louis force.

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