St. Louis County town looks to dissolve police

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BRECKENRIDGE HILLS, MO. (AP) –A cash-strapped town in St. Louis County wants to dissolve its police force to save money, but some residents aren’t happy about the proposed move.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that the Breckenridge Hills City Council debated a proposal Monday night to eliminate the 21-member local police department and instead pay the neighboring city of St. Ann $50,000 annually to provide law enforcement.

Mayor Jack Shrewsbury told elected leaders and a crowd of 120 residents at the council meeting that the move would save Breckenridge Hills $400,000 a year.

The council is scheduled to consider an $850,000 annual contract with St. Ann when it meets again next month.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com