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Bi-State signs off on MetroLink security plan

The Bi-State Development Board, which oversees the MetroLink system, signed on Friday to a memorandum of understanding along with St. Clair County, St. Louis City and St. Louis County on how to improve safety and security along the line.

Under the plan, a joint law enforcement task force with members from all three government bodies would be created and allow officers from each jurisdiction on the task force to operate in all three areas. The plan also calls for all MetroLink law enforcement personnel to be part of a unified police radio communication system that can receive 911 calls and then be used to dispatch law enforcement personnel.

The memo was signed by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Thursday.

“The Memorandum of Understanding gives us the commitment from the jurisdictions we serve, that they are dedicating financial resources as well as their law enforcement personnel to keep MetroLink riders and employees safe on the system,” Bi-State Director of Communications Patti Beck said in an email to the BND.

Plans for safety and security upgrades come after recent shootings along the MetroLink line.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

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