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Press Release - Prop A
MEDIA RELEASE For Comments Contact: Jeff Roorda at 314.420.3861 St. Louis Police Officers Association Opposes Misleading Ballot Initiative St. Louis, Missouri (March 13, 2017) – The St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA) announced today that it is strongly encouraging a "no" vote on Proposition A, the April ballot initiative amending the city charter to eliminate the Recorder of Deeds office and requiring the savings to fund police body cameras. The police union that represents over one thousand St. Louis officers called the initiative misleading and misdirected. The union said that the estimates of over one million in savings are greatly exaggerated while the costs of a body camera program have been grossly understated. SLPOA Business Manager and spokesman, Jeff Roorda, projects that savings are closer to $150,000 which doesn't even scratch the surface of a body camera program that is certain to cost the City at least $5 million in hardware, software, data storage, and additional staffing. Roorda called the initiative a "fraud" on the people of St. Louis that is sure to be challenged in court over its inflated cost saving figures and its attempt to eliminate an office required by state statute. More importantly though, Roorda called the proposal a case of mislaid priorities. "We are dealing with a crisis today in St. Louis because we are unable to maintain minimum staffing levels for our police department. We are over one hundred officer down currently and frankly we could use another one-hundred-and-fifty more than the current authorized strength. We are bleeding experienced police officers because St. Louis is nearly $8,000 behind the regional average in police pay. That manpower short-fall translates into slow response times and an inability to stem the tide of deadly violence that plagues the bloody streets of St. Louis. Body cameras are a luxury. More officers is a necessity. The city leaders need to concentrate on what's crucial to the safety and survival of this city," Roorda said. Roorda noted that the attrition in the city police department is only going to get worse if something isn't done soon. "I have to wonder where the priorities are. St. Louis County has a multi-million dollar tax increase on the ballot in April that is pledged toward significant police raises and additional officers while the city is trifling with a ballot measure that produces a few thousand dollars for body cams and no money to increase salaries or expand the size of the police force. You think things are bad now? You will lose hundreds of irreplaceable city cops to St. Louis County if Prop P passes. St. Louis City is going to look like Detroit if we hemorrhage that kind of manpower." Roorda concluded, "this is a dangerous game we're playing and the people of St. Louis and the businesses that keep it vibrant deserve better." Roorda said that the union is asking every voter in St. Louis to cast a resounding no vote on Proposition A. ####
March 2017 Gendarme
The March 2017 edition of The Gendarme is available online now.
Download: Gendarme 030117 FN WS.pdf
SLPOA Endorsements – March 7th 2017 Election

St. Louis City:

Mayor – Lyda Krewson

Comptroller – Darlene Green

Alderman 5th Ward – Tammika Hubbard

Alderman 7th Ward – Jack Coatar

Alderman 9th Ward – Ken Ortmann

Alderman 11th Ward – Sarah Wood Martin

Alderman 13th Ward – Beth Murphy

Alderman 15th Ward - Jennifer Florida

Alderman 16th Ward – Michele Kratky

Alderman 17th Ward – Joe Roddy

Alderman 19th Ward – Marlene Davis

Alderman 23rd Ward – Joe Vaccaro

Alderman 25th Ward – Shane Cohn

Alderman 27th Ward – Pam Boyd

St. Louis County:

Yes on Prop P

St. Patrick's Day Parade to Honor First Responders

The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and will be dedicated to the city of St. Louis’ First Responders. Leading the 48th annual parade will be parade founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn, Jr., Parade Committee Chairperson Joe Milligan, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the Irish Parliament and our Irish Guest of Honor; our Honorary Parade Marshal John Saunders, president and chief executive officer Fleishman Hillard and a true Irishman Dublin, Ireland; Mayor Francis Slay; Parade Director Karen Lee; and other dignitaries.

The First Responders special unit in the parade will be led by Police Chief Sam Dotson and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson as well as representatives of first responders who have been injured in the line of duty along with active police and firefighters.

For more information, please see the attached press release.


Download: 2017paradeandrunmediarelease_final.docx
Jay Schroeder for Pension Trustee
SLPOA Endorsements - City Elections
•             Mayor – Lyda Krewson 
•             Comptroller – Darlene Green
•             Ald. Ward 5 – Tammika Hubbard
•             Ald. Ward 7 – Jack Coatar
•             Ald. Ward 9 – Ken Ortmann
•             Ald. Ward 11 – Sarah Wood Martin
•             Ald. Ward 13 – Beth Murphy
•             Ald. Ward 15 – Jennifer Florida
•             Ald. Ward 16 – Michele Kratky
•             Ald. Ward 17 – Joe Roddy
•             Ald. Ward 19 – Marlene Davis
•             Ald. Ward 23 – Joe Vaccaro
•             Ald. Ward 25 – Shane Cohn
•             Ald. Ward 27 – Pam Boyd 
Fundraiser for Ambushed Police Sergeant
FOP Endorsements
2016 FOP POLITICAL ENDORSEMENTS
NATIONAL OFFICE (Endorsements made by the Grand Lodge FOP)
• PRESIDENT
o Donald Trump
STATEWIDE OFFICE (Endorsements made by the Missouri State FOP)
• GOVERNOR
o Chris Koster
• LT. GOVERNOR
o Mike Parson
• STATE TREASURER
o Eric Schmitt
• ATTORNEY GENERAL
o Teresa Hensley
MISSOURI SENATE
SENATE DISTRICT 1 – Scott Sifton (St. Louis County)
MISSOURI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE DISTRICT 90 – Deb Lavender (Kirkwood)
HOUSE DISTRICT 104 – Kathie Conway (St. Charles)
HOUSE DISTRICT 106 – Chrissy Sommer (St. Charles)
HOUSE DISTRICT 112 – Robert Butler (Jefferson County)
HOUSE DISTRICT 113 – Karen Settlemoir-Berg (Jefferson County)
HOUSE DISTRICT 114 – Elaine Gannon (Jefferson County)
HOUSE DISTRICT 119 – Nate Tate (Franklin County)
Edward Davis Plea Hearing

All,

Edward Davis, the individual who blocked Sgt. Charles Lowe in with his vehicle when Sgt. Lowe was shot, has a plea hearing on October 6th, 2016 at 9AM in Division 13 of the St. Louis Circuit Court.

All are welcome to attend.

September 2016 Gendarme
The September 2016 edition of The Gendarme is available online now.
Download: Gendarme 091216 WS.pdf

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