Crestwood sticking with local police force

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CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – After briefly considering eliminating its police force, the City of Crestwood will keep the department.

Crestwood was looking for ways to cut costs and considered contracting with the county police department to handle law enforcement services.

The estimated cost for a one-year police contract with St. Louis County would be $1.7 million. The city estimates it spends $2.8 million at present on police services annually.  The county guaranteed the annual cost to the City of Crestwood would not increase by more than 5 percent each year.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Crestwood leaders voted unanimously Tuesday night to keep the department.

Residents attending Tuesday’s public meeting told the local board of aldermen that the current police was best equipped to protect Crestwood.