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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the city are hoping to add about 160 more police officers to the force over the next two years, according to our Partners at the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The request is fueled by many things, including the city’s 2014 murder rate.

There have been nearly 140 murders in 2014. There had been 102 murders at this time last year.

Several high profile crimes have also contributed to the department’s desire for more officers.

A woman was recently killed during a shootout at Pooh’s Corner Bar in South St. Louis.

Right now the department has about 1,250 officers on the force.

The average cost to hire a new police officer is about $50,000 per year.

Mayor Francis Slay pledged to find the money.

At this point, it is unclear where the money will come from, but Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed sent a letter about the need for the funds to the city’s budget director.