Jennings to seek bids for police contract
JENNINGS (AP) - The city council in the St. Louis suburb of Jennings will seek bids for a contract for police service.
St. Louis County police currently patrol Jennings. Meetings will begin next month to hear from residents about what they want from police. A decision regarding the police contract is expected by early next year.
Mayor Yolanda Fountain-Henderson said the bidding is not related to dissatisfaction with St. Louis County police, but is required for contracts exceeding a certain amount. The city spends $3.1 million to contract with the county.
County police took over in Jennings in 2011 and crime has been reduced 30 percent since then.