ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — After more than a century-and-a-half of state control, St. Louis will regain oversight of its own police department starting Sept. 1.

The five-member committee charged with helping ease that transition met Wednesday.

That committee includes Mayor Francis Slay, Chief Sam Dotson, Slay aide Eddie Roth, and one person each from the Police Officers’ Association and the Ethical Society of Police.

They selected Chief Sam Dotson as its chairman this morning.

Dotson says the goal is to create a leaner more effective police force.

“Through attrition there will be efficiencies and savings,” said Dotson. “The hope is that those savings can be reinvested back into the police department for additional resources.”

At the committee’s next meeting, Sept. 11, the public will be able to tell the panel what they want from the police department.


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