St. Louis, MO ~ St. Louis, MO - After the Missouri House and Senate concluded their 2024 legislative session Sine Die, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones released a statement regarding the outcome. The mayor expressed relief that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will remain under local control.

In her statement, Mayor Jones acknowledged the efforts of Chief Robert Tracy, her Chief of Staff Jared Boyd, and other representatives and senators who fought to preserve local control. She also highlighted the potential consequences if the legislation had passed, stating that it would have put the SLMPD under a corrupt state board from the Confederate era. This would have resulted in multiple bosses for the chief and limited resident's insight and oversight into law enforcement.

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Mayor Jones also took the opportunity to share some positive statistics about crime reduction in St. Louis over the past year. The city experienced its lowest homicide rate in a decade and saw a significant decrease in overall crime rates. Juvenile shootings were reduced by 50%, and car thefts decreased by 36%.

The mayor's statement serves as a reminder of the importance of local control in maintaining safety and security within communities.

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