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St. Louisans attended ribbon cutting for new police headquarters.

On Saturday July 19th, 2014 citizens from the city and county attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new St. Louis Metropolitan police station on 1915 Olive st. The department will be moving out of an old building on 1200 Clark ave that has been used by the department since 1929. In justifying the move, Chief Dotson argued that repairing the building will cost $70 million. Dotson explained that the new building is modern with a place for a Real Time Intelligence Center, a 24/7 surveillance center where officers can monitor the city a real time. The building has 8 floors with the garage on 1st 3. St. Louis Mayor Slay, State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, and Alderman Craig Schmid were among the elected officials in attendance.

Alderman Graig Schmitt talks to St. Louisan
Alderman Graig Schmitt talks to St. Louisan
Damien Johnson

According to Dotson, funding for the new police station came from 3 sources: a 3rd from assets forfeiture, $3 million St. Louis Police foundation, $7 million from bond. The total cost was $13 million. Dotson asking for $5.9 million a Real Time Intelligence Center. The police foundation was formed in 2007 as a private source of income. The office of public safety receives over $300 million every year. The United States Justice Department's guidelines Community Oriented Policing COPS, law enforcement and detention facilities, and education programs are among options that can be spent with asset forfeiture funds. Such funds can't be spent on entertainment events like the Rams gams or regular salaries.

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