Charlack dissolves police department, joins North County Cooperative

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CHARLACK, Mo. (AP) - Officials in a St. Louis County town with a reputation as a speed trap have voted to disband its police department.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Charlack City Council voted Thursday to hand policing duties over to the Vinita Park-based North County Police Cooperative, which was set to start patrolling Charlack at midnight.

The police cooperative is an extension of the Vinita Park police and also patrols Wellston, after it disbanded its department, and Vinita Terrace.

Charlack, which has received complaints for a speed trap along Interstate 170, near Lambert Airport, is among municipalities expected to lose police departments as a result of Senate Bill 5. The measure requires that St. Louis County municipalities' general operating revenue not exceed 12.5 percent from traffic fines.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch