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Missouri police call on legislators for help

February 6, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB287

The Missouri police are asking lawmakers for protection.

Renny MacKay has the story from Jefferson City.

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The president of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police testified in support of a bill to block access to information on police officers. The Senate bill sponsored by St. Louis County Senator David Klarich calls on the Department of Revenue to restrict access to files on full time certified police officers.

The files contain the addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers of police officers.

Thomas W. Mayer, a 20 year veteren police officer in St. Charles County says this issue came to a head recently.

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Contents: He says the wife of a slain St. Louis police officer recently got threatening letters because a person got access to his address.

The Senate Transportation Committee votes on the bill tomorrow morning.

Renny MacKay, KMOX News, Jefferson City.


The Senate Transportation Committee is set to vote on a bill that would restrict the public's access to the home addresses of Missouri cops.

Renny MacKay has the story from Jefferson City.

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The Transportation committee heard testimony from police officers about the dangers of having their personal information available to the public. That danger spawned St. Louis County Senator David Klarich to sponsor a bill restricting the Department of Revenue from releasing files on Missouri police officers.

Thomas Mayer, a St. Charles cop and president of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police.

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Contents: He says police officers do unpopular things and this is one way to protect them.

The chair of the Transportation committee said a vote on the bill will come in the next few days.

Renny MacKay, KMOX News, Jefferson City.


Missouri cops are calling on the Missouri legislature to come to the rescue.

Renny MacKay tells us more from Jefferson City.

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Last year the wife of a slain St. Louis policeman received threats in the mail, but her address wasn't available to the public. The culprit got her address through her dead husbands files.

Now, the Missour Fraternal Order of Police is calling on the Missouri legislature to close those files.

Thomas Mayer is president of the Fraternal Order.

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Contents: He says police just want the same rights as other people working in the justice system.

Mayer testified in front of the Senate Transportation Committee in favor of a bill to call on the Department of Revenue to close Missouri full-time, certified cops files.

Renny MacKay, KMOX News, Jefferson City.