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St. Louis City, County Official Merge Their Bomb and Arson Units

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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson (L) and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch look over a piece of equiptment that the Bomb and Arson Units use in both departments after it was announced the two organizations would join together to make one unit in St. Louis on July 1, 2013.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson (L) and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch look over a piece of equiptment that the Bomb and Arson Units use in both departments after it was announced the two organizations would join together to make one unit in St. Louis on July 1, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Monday marked the official merger of St. Louis County and City Police Department’s Bomb and Arson Units. It will now be known as the St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit.

The new unit will have eight detectives and two sergeants. But this is not the first time the two departments have formed a partnership.

“We already have four combined units,” St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch told reporters.

He then listed:

  • The Metro Air Support, which manages flight operations between St. Louis City, County, and St. Charles County.
  • The Private Security and Watchman Division has merged and is now based at the police headquarters in Clayton.
  • And city and county officers work together to eliminate crime on the MetroLink.

“Chief Dotson and I have also agreed along with our executive staffs to continue to look for other resources that we can share,” said Fitch.

Chief Fitch says an example of something not working out, the merger of crime labs. St. Louis County’s new facility should be open in October.

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