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Attorney General Schmitt Statement On Passage of HB 46, Relaxing Police Residency Rules

Sep 2, 2020, 12:42 PM by AG Schmitt
Following the passage of HB 46, which relaxes residency requirements for St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement:

“The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is consistently over 150 officers short. In a November press conference, we made creating a carjacking statute, which has already passed, and relaxing the police residency rules a priority for our office. We worked with city leaders - including the Mayor, the Police Chief, and the Director of Public Safety - to relax those requirements and recruit more police officers in the City of St. Louis. By doing so, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will be able to recruit from a wider, more diverse applicant pool, fill empty officer positions, and put more boots on the ground to help curb rising violent crime rates in the City of St. Louis. I appreciate the legislature’s hard work in passing this important bill, and I look forward to Governor Parson signing it into law.”