Pine Lawn votes to dissolve police department

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The Pine Lawn Board of Aldermen has voted to turn local law enforcement over to the North County Police Cooperative. The board was considering several options to save money.

A half-dozen people attended a special meeting of the Pine Lawn Board of Aldermen Friday night where a unanimous vote transferred local law enforcement from the Pine Lawn Police Department to the North County Police Cooperative.

"No one to me has questioned it. It was something that needed to be done." said acting Mayor Adrian Wright.

"We're starting tonight. We're good to go; we're assigned. It's no different than what we've done in the other municipalities. Our job now is to make sure it's a seamless transition." said Chief Tim Swope of the North County Police Cooperative.

Not everybody is on board. Gerald Metts is a Pine Lawn resident, and a candidate for Board of Alderman. >

"A lot of residents don't want North County Cooperative in here. They would rather see St. Louis County in here. So I worked with Chief Jon Belmar and crew out there and we were working on a deal to merge with the city of Jennings." said Gerald Metts.

Details of the contract are not available tonight. We're told they will be at Monday night's city council meeting.

What about the current Pine Lawn police officers? There are eight of them. They will have a chance to apply for 10 new jobs in the North county police cooperative. Chief Swope says starting pay is $43,000 a year. That is more than Pine Lawn officers make.

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