- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) - Crime is down by one-third in the suburban St. Louis town of Jennings since St. Louis County police took over four years ago.

It was March 2011 when the Jennings City Council voted to disband and contract with the county. KMOV-TV (https://bit.ly/1HsPxo9 ) reports that crime has declined 33 percent since then. County police say hot-spot policing has helped rebuild trust within the community, and residents have played a big role in the drop in crime.

The Jennings police force had drawn criticism before the department was disbanded. Jennings’ former police chief retired in November 2012 amid an investigation into possible misuse of funds.

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Information from: KMOV-TV, https://www.kmov.com

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