May 21, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster and Bridgeton Police Chief Don Hood confirmed in a phone call this morning that there will be a substantially increased police presence in neighborhoods near the Bridgeton Landfill while residents take advantage of a lodging program in effect during the remediation work at the landfill. Attorney General Koster and Chief Hood were responding to questions residents had raised about police patrols in neighborhoods covered by the lodging program.
Chief Hood has notified residents that there will be an increase in officer patrols, in both marked and unmarked cars, in the neighborhoods near the Bridgeton Landfill throughout the next several weeks.
The Bridgeton Police Department is encouraging residents who are participating in the lodging program to register for the Department’s Vacation Check Request program. Residents can call the Bridgeton Police Department at 314-739-7557 to register their address and other information, or they can fill out a form at the Bridgeton website and fax the form or drop it off at the police station. By registering in the Vacation Check Request program, residents can ensure that Bridgeton Police keep an even closer eye on their homes while they are away.
"While Republic has experienced weather delays in starting the removal of the concrete pipes in the landfill, we believe work will begin imminently," Koster said. "My office remains in very close contact on more than a daily basis with Republic, local law enforcement, and other government officials, and will continue to monitor the situation at the landfill while work takes place over the coming weeks," Koster added.