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Leaders Unite To Combat MetroLink Crime

Clayton, MO (KTRS)  Regional leaders are uniting to combat the crime on MetroLink trains and at stations. On Thursday, a Memorandum of Understanding or “MOU” was-signed by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and presented to Bi-State Development President and CEO John Nations […]

Leaders Unite To Combat MetroLink Crime

Clayton, MO (KTRS)  Regional leaders are uniting to combat the crime on MetroLink trains and at stations.

On Thursday, a Memorandum of Understanding or “MOU” was-signed by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and presented to Bi-State Development President and CEO John Nations for his signature. It outlines a plan to create better security for MetroLink:

AREA GOVERNMENT LEADERS SIGN MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING
DETAILING PLAN TO IMPROVE METROLINK SECURITY

Document Now With Bi-State President for Signature
The three elected government leaders whose jurisdictions fund Bi-State Development have
signed a memo of understanding (MOU) codifying and outlining in detail the plan to improve
MetroLink security that they have developed in cooperation with law enforcement and Bi-State.
The MOU–signed by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Clair County Chairman
Mark Kern and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson–has now been forwarded to Bi-State
Development President and CEO John Nations for his signature.
The three leaders and their top law enforcement personnel met with Nations and three members
of the Bi-State Board in recent weeks to discuss the steps to be taken to improve passenger safety
on MetroLink. The plan developed focuses on a unified law enforcement command with greater
officer presence and controlled access for the system. The MOU spells out the details of the plan
and outlines the intentions and expectations, including specific responsibilities of each of the
parties.
The plan creates a joint law enforcement task force with members from all three law
enforcement agencies. The MOU spells out that specific staffing goals will be established by St.
Clair County, St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis that will include an evaluation of roles,
delineation of authority and establishment of oversight and accountability structures. The MOU
specifies that Bi-State will not decrease its level of publicly funded security services, rail-related
safety personnel or contract safety personnel without the urging of the task force. It also
specifies that Bi-State will not directly employ law enforcement officers and will only employ
security officers.
The MOU states that the task force will be headquartered at a dedicated facility at 5977 Delmar
Boulevard near the Delmar Loop MetroLink stop at Washington University. It also specifies that
there will be improvement to citizen reporting capabilities and police radio communications. All
MetroLink law enforcement personnel will be part of a unified police radio communication
system that can receive 911 calls which will be used to dispatch law enforcement personnel. The
MOU endorses 911 texting and working to bring the necessary technology to the MetroLink
system.


The MOU was discussed Thursday afternoon during a special meeting of the St. Louis County Council about safety and security for MetroLink.  A series of meetings are planned to gather public input on the matter.

The meeting came just hours after a robbery at the Clayton MetroLink station. Police say a man was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects  on the platform at just after 1 p.m. Thursday.

The suspects took off on foot. They were apprehended a short time later. The victim wasn’t hurt in the robbery.

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