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League Promotes Police Department Certification

At the November 30 General Membership meeting, The League unanimously endorsed the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Associations (SLAPCA), “Law Enforcement Best Practices Agreement”.

In September of 2016 the League started meeting with SLAPCA to develop a set of best practices for St. Louis area police departments.  The first part of this year, SLAPCA established a subcommittee to work toward developing a policy or set of standards.  The committee was Chaired by Chief Tim Lowery of Florissant.  The committee included chiefs from St. Louis County, St. Charles County, the St. Louis Area City Managers (SLACMA) and the Leageu.

Ultimately, the committee developed the Best Practice Agreement which calls for all police agency to adopt certain polices by January 1, 2019 and to be fully accredited by January 1, 2022 (accreditation is a three year process) as a requirement for membership in SLAPCA.  SLAPCA’s membership includes St. Charles agencies as well and the agreement was unanimously approved by their membership in October.

SLACMA, adopted the agreement earlier this month and the General Membership of the League unanimously endorsed the agreement on November 30.  The motion included compliance with the agreement as a condition of 2017 11 30 SLAPCA Best Practices Finalmembership in the League.

City of St. Louis and St. Louis County Intergovernmental Collaboration Study

The study examined nearly all service delivery areas within the City and the County governments. The goal of the study was to identify initiatives that have the potential to create financial savings for both governments or enhance existing service levels for the citizens in the St. Louis region. It is our opinion that substantial opportunities exist in a variety of areas. We are encouraged that as we shared our findings and recommendations with both leaders in both the City and County, some of our findings and recommendations are already being discussed and studied for possible implementation.City County Intergovernmental Collaboration Study PFM

Missouri Lt. Governor Parson: There have been record crowds everyday at State Fair

SEDALIA- Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor says there has been record attendance at this year’s State Fair.

Lt. Governor Mike Parson prepares to ride a horse carriage at the Missouri State Fair on August 17, 2017 (Brian Hauswirth photo)

About 350,000 people attended the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson (R), whose former State Senatorial district included the Fairgrounds, tells Missourinet there were about 1,000 people at the Governor’s ham breakfast on Thursday.

“Last (Wednesday) night we had a small reception here that we had, there were over 300 people here, there’s been record crowds everyday,” Parson says. “So every event that we’ve had so far, the numbers have just been huge.”

Parson credits good weather, adding that people are excited about Missouri’s future.

The Bolivar Republican attended Thursday’s ham breakfast on the Fairgrounds, and spoke at a morning agriculture rally.

“It’s always great to be at the State Fair, it’s just a great time of the year to showcase Missouri’s agriculture,” says Parson. “You know, I still come here, me and my family still come here. It’s just part of who we are.”

The 65th Governor’s ham breakfast featured lawmakers, commodity group leaders and State Fair supporters.

Parson says the Missouri State Fairgrounds are now used 12 months a year.

“The State Fairgrounds is used internationally now, events throughout the United States that come here all the way from car rallies to bicycle rallies, way beyond agriculture, way beyond the animals,” Parson says.

Parson notes the Fairgrounds are open to the public, adding that the State Fair in Sedalia is one of the best in the nation.

Thursday was also Legislators and Judges Day.

Governor Eric Greitens (R) spoke at the breakfast and later addressed reporters, outside the Director’s tent.

Greitens tells Missourinet he’s not ruling out calling another special session this year.

“We’re obviously keeping every option on the table as we move forward and right now I’m really, really pleased with where we’re at. We’ve had two great results from our two special sessions thus far,” Greitens says.

Greitens called two special sessions this summer: one involving the Noranda/steel mill bill and the second was abortion-related legislation.

Friday is Missouri Electric Cooperatives Day at the State Fair, which ends Sunday.