Mayor Jones Issues Statement After Missouri General Assembly Adjourns 2024 Legislative Session

Mayor Jones issues a statement on retaining local police control and crime reduction.

May 17, 2024 | 2 min reading time

St. Louis, MO – Today, after the Missouri House and Senate both adjourned the 2024 legislative session Sine Die, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones issued the following statement:

"The Missouri State legislature has ended their 2024 legislative session, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department remains under local control," said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “This legislation would have put SLMPD under the control of a corrupt, Confederate-era state board that would have our chief answering to five different bosses and take away resident's insight and oversight into law enforcement. I'm proud and thankful for Chief Robert Tracy, my Chief of Staff Jared Boyd, and the many representatives and senators who fought to preserve local control.”

Last year, St. Louis experienced its lowest homicide rate in a decade and the largest year-over-year reduction in crime in 90 years. Juvenile shootings have been reduced by 50%, and there has been a 36% reduction in car thefts over the last year.

  • Contact Information:
    Conner Kerrigan
    Director of Communications
    Office Phone: (314) 622-3201
  • Department:
    Office of the Mayor
    Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department
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