o Metro Public Safety leadership changes
o Shared radio use with clear protocols
o Policies and procedures for CCTV and other data sharing
o Contracts with law enforcement partners are being developed and negotiated
o Changes in contracted security are underway
The bill language approved is below.
BILL NO. 62, 2019, INTRODUCED BY COUNCIL MEMBER PAGE, ENTITLED: AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING UP TO $5,000,000 OF THE FUNDS RECEIVED FROM THE STATE OF MISSOURI FROM THE PROP A HALF-CENT SALES TAX LEVIED PURSUANT TO ORDINANCE NO. 24,245 FOR THE PUBLIC MASS TRANSIT TRUST FUND, FROM THE AMOUNT RECEIVED BY ST. LOUIS COUNTY FROM JULY 1, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2019, TO BE USED FOR POLICE SERVICES AND SECURITY FOR BI-STATE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY; AND PROVIDING FOR THE AMOUNT AND METHOD OF DISBURSEMENT TO BI-STATE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY.
“CMT believes that significant steps have been taken in the right direction, and plans are underway to continue to implement the 99 recommendations outlined in the report. Cooperation and collaboration can be achieved on safety and security to build the public’s confidence in the system. Kudos to the County Council members for their support of Bill 62 to appropriate the $5 million withhold to ensure the transit agency can get back to the job of delivering critically important and high quality transit services,” said Kim Cella, Executive Director of CMT. “We know the job is not finished, but significant steps in the right direction to benefit the transit system, those who ride it, and the region as a whole.”
Council members have asked for regular updates on security prior to the request for the 2020 appropriation which would come later this summer.