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Another St. Louis County City Getting Rid of Police?

Michael Calhoun
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CLAYTON (KMOX) – St. Louis County police chief Tim Fitch says his officers are ready to step in, should Dellwood decide to dissolve it’s police department.

But he adds that the long-standing dispute between that town’s leaders is definitely not resolved yet.

“We certainly have had conversations with the city of Dellwood officials since the elections, but until they get together as a group and make a decision one way or another we never jump to conclusions,” Fitch said Tuesday.

A set of Dellwood aldermen have been boycotting meetings since the beginning of the year, but it’s expected that the new slate of legislators will meet and will approve a contract with the county later in April.

Meantime, also in the aftermath of last week’s municipal elections, Fitch says officials from another city are thinking about outsourcing their police department.

“We did meet with another city today, that came in just to get some preliminary information,” he said, adding that he often gets inquiries for information that never turn into an actual contract.

He wouldn’t reveal the name of the city, but said it’s got about 15,000 residents.

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