Under an old law passed during the Civil War, the state government controls St. Louis City’s police operations and police budget. This antiquated law does not make sense from a safety perspective, nor does it make sense from a budgetary perspective. Rex Sinquefield, who grew up in the City of St. Louis, supports the Safer Missouri Citizens’ Coalition and its efforts to return control of the St. Louis police department to where it belongs: with the people and City of St. Louis.
The Safer Missouri Coalition Initiative will save state and local taxpayers millions of dollars and increase the efficiency, accountability, and effectiveness of the St. Louis Police Department.This initiative is supported by the St. Louis Police Officers Association, St. Louis City officials including Mayor Francis Slay, and taxpayer advocates. Plus, on a local referendum in 2010, nearly 70 percent of voters in St. Louis voted in favor of restoring local control of the St. Louis Police Department.
A Safer Missouri endorsed state legislation in favor of local control, along with a ballot initiative filed with the Missouri Secretary of State, which was to be be pursued if the legislative efforts fail, according to a spokeswoman for A Safer Missouri. When the legislature failed to act, the ballot initiative was filed and entitled Proposition A. The Proposition A ballot initiative, received broad support, including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, and local leaders from both Democratic and Republican parties. On November 6, 2012 Proposition A was voted on by the people of Missouri and passed with 63.9% to 36.1%, returning control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city of St. Louis for the first time in 150 years.