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City of St. Louis to Take Control of Police Department Sunday

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A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It will be the end of an era tomorrow, as the state appointed St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners holds its last scheduled meeting.

The special Saturday meeting takes place on the final day of 152 years of state oversight.

The board will tie up loose ends and then Mayor Francis Slay will sign Executive Order Number 48, which will officially give the City control of its police department at midnight Sunday morning.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says one of the first steps will be to begin eliminating duplication for example, in fleet operations and the human resources division.

“For 150 years the police department operated with our own HR department, the City has operated with our own personnel division shortly after September 1st they will be combined,” said Dotson.

Dotson says no one will lose their job during the process. He chairs the transition committee, which will take public suggestions at a September 11th meeting.

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