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St. Louis City Police say they don't want their department locally controlled

Date: February 23, 2010
By: Max Reiss
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Busloads of St. Louis City Police arrived in Jefferson City Tuesday to protest local control of their department
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Wrap: 3 buses and almost 150 St. Louis City Police officers crowded the halls of the Missouri Capitol Tuesday.

30 year St. Louis City police veteran Tom Kwiatkowski (KAT-a-COW-ski) says he's scared he'll lose what he's worked for all his life.

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Description: "The thing that concerns us the most and they deny is that the target is our pension system."

St. Louis Democrat Jamilah Nasheed sponsors a bill to give the city control of the St. Louis City Police as opposed to the state.

She says her bill wouldn't affect officers like Kwiatkowski's retirement benefits.

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Description: "This bill will not tamper with their pension."

From the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro:  More than 150 St. Louis City Police arrived in Jefferson City Tuesday to do whatever they could to prevent the city from taking over its state-run police department.
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Wrap: St. Louis City Police say they want the state to keep running their department and not let lawmakers turn control over to the city.

Tom Kiatkowski is a sergeant with the department and has served more than 30 years.

He says he's scared if the city gets control, then he'll lose his retirement benefits.

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Description: "We don't contribute to Social Security. We're not even eligible for Social Security. So if they liquidate our pension fund some years down the road, then we're broke, we're penniless."

Currently, St. Louis City sets the department's budget but the state oversees it.

From the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro:  St. Louis City Police officers' fears in mind, Representative Jamilah Nasheed says her proposal would not affect their pensions.
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Wrap: Scared. . . Worried. . . that's what many of the 150 St. Louis City police officers said about the city of St. Louis taking over their department.

They're concerned the city may take away their pensions.

But St Louis Democrat Jamilah Nasheed who sponsors the proposal to let the city assume control of the state-run police department says officer retirement funds are safe under her bill.

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Description: "I just want to assure those that are concerned about their pension that this bill will not tamper with their pension."

Nasheed said she wants the city to make decisions for a city-run police department instead of the state 130 miles away.

From the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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