St. Louis City, police department set to approve first local control contract

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KLR) - The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is set to approve a contract with the city.  The three-year-deal is the first contract the police union has negotiated with the city.  The last contract was negotiated with a board of police commissioners appointed  by Gov. Jay Nixon.  However, now the city has local control of the department.  The police union fought the change, but its leaders are calling the new contract a "pleasant surprise.  It is expected to be approved easily.  It covers wages, sick time, benefits and working conditions.  The Lambert Airport Police Department is also included in the contract.

It is set to merge with the St. Louis City Police Department.