ST. LOUIS (AP) –  A century-and-a-half after St. Louis gave up control of its police department, the city is getting it back.

Missouri voters on Tuesday approved Proposition A, allowing St. Louis to oversee its own police.

The Civil War was just getting started in 1861 when the Confederate-backing Missouri Legislature seized control of the police departments in St. Louis and Kansas City. Lawmakers worried police in the cities might use their river locations and arsenals in support of the union.

Other border states took similar steps, but most reverted to local control soon after the end of the war. Kansas City police remain under state control.

St. Louis officials say the change will create economic efficiencies and improve police oversight when it becomes effective next July.

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