Board of Aldermen pass bill authorizing mutual aid between St. Clair County Sheriff’s Deputies and SLMPD on MetroLink

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The Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill #37 today creating an ordinance authorizing a mutual aid agreement for St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies to provide law enforcement services on the Missouri side of the MetroLink system.

Alderman Terry Kennedy introduced Board Bill 37 at the April 27 Board of Aldermen Meeting. The board bill called for an ordinance authorizing a mutual aid agreement between the City of St. Louis and St. Clair County, IL, for St. Clair County law enforcement officers to provide law enforcement services and activities on MetroLink property within the City of St. Louis.  St. Louis County police officers in the MetroLink unit are already patrolling stations through to the CWE Station.

St. Clair County will pass a parallel ordinance.   This ordinance is part of ongoing work to increase security on MetroLink and boost patrols.  The measure passed the Board of Aldermen unanimously. The ordinance now goes to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s office for her signature.

In addition, St. Clair County finalized plans to add three sheriff’s deputies assigned to MetroLink raising the total number to 15 on the Illinois side.

Other initiatives underway on safety and security include:

  • Initiation of an environmental design/security audit through East-West Gateway to look at access control on the St. Louis system. This study kicked off on May 1. CMT will be hosting an event on June 21 to highlight the study underway. Register here. 
  • Developing  a pilot access control demonstration project which will be implemented at strategically selected stations.
  • Enhancing of an existing Bi-State “Ride and Abide” policy to deter riders who have committed certain crimes from entering or remaining within Metro property or territory.