ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– St. Louis city and county police officers will soon be allowed to make arrests on either side of the city-county line. And some high ranking people want the move to cross-deputize area cops to be a first step toward a broader merger.
The top cop in the city, Chief Sam Dotson, says this initial move makes good sense.
“Criminals that live in the county offend in the city. Criminals that live in the city offend in the county. So why don’t we take a regional approach to crime?”
He says he and county police Chief Tim Fitch have discussed that approach, and determined that the so-called cross deputization is the way to go. Dotson says they hope to make the practice reality early in 2014.