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After Six Months, Little Progress From Metro East Police Commission

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Neighbors gathered in the Orr Weathers Housing Complex on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 to protest recent violence in East St. Louis, most recently the weekend shooting of police officer Michael Baxton Jr. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Neighbors gathered in the Orr Weathers Housing Complex on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 to protest recent violence in East St. Louis, most recently the weekend shooting of police officer Michael Baxton Jr. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - When Belleville State Senator James Clayborne and East St. Louis Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson Sr. pushed legislation which gave birth to the Metro East Police Commission, the goal was to reduce crime and clean up corruption in East St. Louis, Alorton, Brooklyn and Washington Park.

The commission has met twice.

Metro East Police Commission Chairman Calvin Dye, an investigator with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney, says everything is going according to plan.

“With everything that we are doing, it will probably be a couple years before we can see anything turned around as far as what our objectives are,” Dye said. “Everything’s running pretty smooth right now but it takes time, it takes money.”

First, the focus is on increasing training police departments and creating procedures and policies which cover all four departments. One example is the annual firearms qualification.

“We are going to make sure all four departments get their qualification sheets around the same time and get qualified. We’re going to make sure all of the schools send them to the state at the same time rather than each department sending theirs in,” Dye said.

Dye refers to it as building from the ground up and says that is why results may takes years to materialize.

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