Jennings to seek bids for police contract

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JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) _ The city council in the St. Louis suburb of Jennings will seek bids for a contract for police service.

St. Louis County police currently patrol Jennings. Meetings will begin next month to hear from residents about what they want from police. A decision regarding the police contract is expected by early next year.

Mayor Yolanda Fountain-Henderson says the bidding is not related to dissatisfaction with St. Louis County police, but is required for contracts exceeding a certain amount. The city spends $3.1 million to contract with the county.

County police took over in Jennings in 2011 and crime has been reduced 30 percent since then.