Stenger calls for more police at MetroLink trains, stations

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 09 2016 Mar 9, 2016 Wednesday, March 09, 2016 6:50:53 PM CST March 09, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

CLAYTON (AP) — St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger wants to double the number of police officers who patrol light rail trains and stations, in response to recent crimes.

Stenger announced Wednesday that he has outlined his proposal to Metro St. Louis Transit CEO John Nations. The proposal would double to 44 the number of county police officers patrolling MetroLink trains and rail stations, along with park-and-ride lots and other facilities.

Stenger's office says the money to pay for the new officers would come from existing revenues generated by Proposition A, a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2010 for expansion and operation of Metro services.

Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck says the agency supports the idea, calling it "great news for the riding public."

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