nearly 50 years, leaders from six Missouri counties (including the City
of St. Louis) and four Illinois counties have worked together to
respond to and solve the most complex criminal cases affecting this
community. They formed the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, an
inter-agency task force able to mobilize up to 400 personnel on short
September, the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS) will
celebrate the 40th anniversary of its
founding by the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County as a shared
regional data base of law enforcement and judicial information.
Major Case Squad and REJIS are regional operations overseen by a
combination of private sector civilians and government and law
Building on those examples, I wonder if it is time to consider a regional approach to civilian oversight of policing?
police shooting and tragic death of Michael Brown calls for a response
that crosses municipal boundaries. We help each other in many ways. Why
not this one?
The Young Citizens Council of St. Louis has proposed a regional approach. They might just be right.