Local Control


Under an old law originally passed during the Civil War, the state government controlled St. Louis City’s police operations and police budget.  This antiquated law did not make sense from a safety perspective, nor did it make sense from a budgetary perspective. Rex Sinquefield, who grew up in the City of St. Louis, supported 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 was intended to save state and local taxpayers millions of dollars and increase the efficiency, accountability, and effectiveness of the St. Louis Police Department.This initiative was 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.

After years of work by activists and forward-thinking legislators, in November 2012 Missouri voters passed Proposition A, which returned control of the St. Louis Police Department to the people and the city of St. Louis, with an overwhelming 63.9% of the vote.  Then on August 31, 2013, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed the executive order that finally brought local control back home to St. Louis after more than 150 years.

Efficiency • Accountability • Effectiveness

Rex Sinquefield and Travis Brown discuss restoring local control of the Saint Louis police force to the city of Saint Louis.