ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is standing firm – the Board of Aldermen is the reason more police officers haven’t been hired.

“We’ve asked for those additional officers. Donna Baringer introduced the legislation, and it sat in the Board of Aldermen,” Dotson says. “If we are going to be serious about public safety, those bills need to move.”

Dotson says in light of increasing crime, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has authorized unlimited overtime.

“The mayor has made it clear that money is not going to be the reason that we are not putting officers on the street,” Dotson says.

Several aldermen, including the Public Safety Chairman Terry Kennedy, told KMOX they are waiting for a revised budget from Slay.

They want a budget that does not include using red-light camera money.

Alderwoman Baringer told KMOX’s Mark Reardon that police officers are tired, stressed and do not want the overtime.

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