Oct 21 2015

St. Louis County Executive Calls for Police Standards Legislation

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is asking county council to pass a bill establishing uniform standards for St. Louis County’s 57 municipal police departments.

“All St. Louis County residents deserve consistent, quality law enforcement provided by well-trained officers,” said Mr. Stenger. “This legislation will establish uniform standards for all police departments and will reinforce trust between law enforcement and the community. The public will know that every police department, no matter the zip code, meets the same standard. This bill will ensure equal access to quality law enforcement and will enhance public health and safety.”

The bill will require that all municipal police departments:

Conduct background checks on all new hires, including drug screenings, criminal background checks, character assessments and psychological examinations.
Properly license and train officers. All officers must graduate from a Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)-approved center. 
Must show compliance with P.O.S.T. continuing education requirements.
Notify the Missouri Department of Public Safety whenever a police officer is hired or terminated.
Provide 24-hour service with at least one officer and supervisor on duty.
Establish and make public policies for use of force, vehicle pursuits, lawsuits, complaints and firearms discharges.
Establish a policy prohibiting contact and/or detention based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, disability or economic level. 
Are able to accept and bond-out prisoners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Warrants may not be kept active due to the inability to process a prisoner.) 
Comply with state laws on reporting traffic-stop information

The standards used in the legislation were developed in cooperation with St. Louis County Police Department leadership. They reflect key findings from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, St. Louis County Police Regulations and CALEA, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

“By implementing uniform standards for municipal police departments, we can ensure consistent, quality public safety services for all residents,” Mr. Stenger added. “These baseline standards are aimed at providing uniform, consistent protection of life and property regardless of where St. Louis County residents live or travel in the county.”

Read the bill and the standards here:
Police Bill.pdf
Department Standards .pdf

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