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St. Louis Police Returning to Normal, Remain Prepared for Further Unrest

Maria Keena
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Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The cost for the St. Louis Police Department’s involvement in Ferguson, Missouri, likely will exceed initial estimates of $740,000.

Public safety director Rich Gray says some of the equipment, such as gas masks, had to be replaced.

There also is the issue of if the unrest in Ferguson resumes.

“We try to always plan and get together with all scenarios that we may have,” Gray says. “So our planning process has been in place, and we continue to tweak that to make it the best that we can as we move forward.”

Gray says canceling days off and working 12-hour shifts have taken a toll on police, but the department is getting back to normal. Officers are back to working eight-hour shifts and days off have been restored.

Gray says regardless of additional costs, St. Louis police will make sure the public is kept safe.

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