Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition Submits 164,315 Voter Signatures to Secretary of State

Early submission shows strong statewide support for local control of the St. Louis Police Department

Jefferson City, Missouri (April 10, 2012) – Today, the Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition submitted more than 164,000 voter signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State. These signatures show voters’ support of placing the “A Safer Missouri Initiative” (also known as the “Local Control Initiative”) on the 2012 ballot. The Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition is the first campaign committee to submit signed petitions.

“The number of signatures, and the short timespan in which we were able to collect them, shows widespread agreement with this common-sense measure,” said Brooke Foster, spokesperson for the Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition. “Missourians are ready to get rid of this antiquated, Civil War-era law and return control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city and the people of St. Louis.”

If approved by voters, the Safer Missouri Initiative will save state and local taxpayers more than $4 million dollars. The measure will increase the efficiency and the accountability of the St. Louis Police Department, thereby improving effectiveness and public safety.

On a local referendum in 2010, nearly 70 percent of voters in St. Louis voted in favor of restoring local control of the St. Louis Police Department. Additionally, the Safer Missouri Initiative is supported by the St. Louis Police Officers Association, local elected officials including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, community and business leaders, and taxpayer advocates.

“Signature turn-in is a crucial step in our journey to the ballot,” said Foster. “We are thankful to Missouri voters for their strong support of the Safer Missouri Initiative, and we look forward to seeing this important measure on the 2012 ballot.”

For more information about the Safer Missouri Initiative and to join the growing coalition, visit www.safermissouri.com.