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Official Statement: ESOP Comments on State Control Bill Not Advancing

The headlines may call this a failed attempt at changing control of our department. The Ethical Society of Police feels that now the issues within the department and for our officers are being heard and taken more seriously. We are voters as well as residents of the City of St. Louis. And at no point do we disrespect nor insult our current administration. Our stance is simply about management. We felt our appeals and our issues were not of concern or importance. Our civilian employees who consist of the City Marshalls, Dispatchers, Park Rangers and SLMPD staff have still not reached any type of salary negotiations. These employees can’t wait as it impacts them, their families and our community. We hope leadership will focus their energy on addressing these serious concerns with real change. We agree to disagree but we will not take a back seat and we stand firm in our demands to make city employees a priority. We will always stand for our members.

About The Ethical Society of Police

The Ethical Society of Police (ESOP) was founded in 1972 by African-American officers to address race-based discrimination in the community and with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. In 2018, the ESOP expanded to include membership for civilian and commissioned employees of law enforcement agencies within St. Louis County.

The Ethical Society of Police is an association of police officers and civilians whose mission is to bridge communications between the historically marginalized communities and law enforcement. The ESOP works to improve: community/police relations, develop policies and programs to reduce crime, elevate the status of minority civilians and police officers, encourage greater minority employment by law enforcement agencies, and increase professionalism in law enforcement. Membership is open to all races, nationalities, religions, political affiliations, sexual orientations and gender identities. For more information about the Ethical Society of Police, visit

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Rachel Brown
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