In St. Louis, people are concerned about an uptick in local crime rates. So, something called Downtown St. Louis, Inc. has announced it will shift funds from its “Downtown Guide” program to uniformed police officers and security guards.
Downtown St. Louis sounds like a 3P or “public private partnership,” but it’s hard to get any information about the entity.
The “additional security,” will be composed of eight off-duty St. Louis police officers providing a presence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to the news release.
But those OT details won’t last long.
The organization plans to outsource half the positions to a private company that will bring four “licensed and uniformed security patrol staff” to work in tandem with the remaining four cops.
The big surprise is St. Louis Chief Sam Dotson is on the board of Downtown St. Louis. Here’s a link to their Board of Directors. Is it a conflict of interest for the chief to serve on this board? If your agency is doing anything like this please let us know.