Because a Civil War-era law is still on the books, the St. Louis police department is controlled by the state government. The Safer Missouri Initiative, often referred to as the “Local Control Initiative,” returns local control of the St. Louis police department to where it belongs: with the city and the people of St. Louis.
This common-sense measure would get the state out of the business of controlling the St. Louis police department. Proposition A will increase the efficiency and accountability of the St. Louis police department, reduce state and local costs, and save state and local taxpayers millions of dollars.
Because the Local Control Initiative changes a state law, it requires approval by voters statewide. Tens of thousands of Missourians have signed our petition to place the Prop A on the November 2012 ballot.