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Thursday, 20 March 2014 02:53

SLPD move to new HQ delayed until summer

   The St. Louis Police Department's move to its new headquarters building is being delayed again.  Chief Sam Dotson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the $6.3 million renovation of the department's new home won't be finished until June and the move will take about three weeks.  Dotson says the good news is that renovations to the seven story building at Olive and 19th Streets are still within budget.  
   Police had hoped to move into the building last spring, but disputes over the bidding process delayed the project's start to summer.  Other construction delays have pushed back next month's move until summer.
   The police department used $2.7 million in asset forfeiture money to buy the building after engineers said it would cost at least $75 million to bring the Clark Street headquarters up to code.  
   Renovations of the building are being financed through a $3 million donation from the St. Louis Police Foundation, private donations, asset forfeiture money and city bond funds.
 
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A St. Louis police sergeant plans to sue after his department revoked his secondary job permit in an effort to silence his advocacy of legalizing marijuana. Sergeant Gary Wiegert is a lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis, a pro-pot organization.

The department had granted Wiegert permission last month to work a secondary job as a lobbyist in Jefferson City. Weigert has also had permission to lobby for the Tea Party movement for the past three years.

Wiegert's most recent lobbying activity made headline recently, when Police Chief Sam Dotson denounced it as "not what is expected of our officers."

Wiegert’s attorney, Albert Watkins told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the sergeant's superiors had asked him on Friday to refrain from any political statements until they could meet to discuss the issue.

Then on Tuesday the department yanked Wiegert's approval to work the secondary job as a lobbyist. A move Watkins calls a violation of the sergeant's first amendment rights.
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St. Louis Police will be out in force today, patrolling a north side neighborhood that has seen three murders in the past two weeks.

About 80 officers will saturate the College Hill neighborhood this morning. And Chief Sam Dotson says the extra patrols will be there until they've contained the violence.

Dotson says the College Hill intervention is an extension of the city's hot spot policing program.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police plan to conduct roll call in the street, station a command vehicle on site, use dog patrols and make a door-to-door plea for help in solving recent shootings in the neighborhood just west of I-70 and north of downtown.
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