St. Clair Sheriff Supports Metrolink Arrests on Both Sides of the River

May 22, 2018 - 8:36 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Arrest powers on both sides of the river was one of the topics discussed during a multi-agency meeting on Metrolink security yesterday.

St. Clair County Illinois sheriff Richard Watson said the proposal to allow police officers from Illinois to make arrests on Metrolink in Missouri was discussed.

“There’s a lot of moving parts for that to be completed. Is it something I’d like to see? Yes, I think it’s something I’d like to see here in the city, but we have to make sure it’s right, we have to make sure it’s legal,” he says.

Watson says shootings and other attacks on trains and at stations are bad enough, but he feels the main problem is nuisance crime, like smoking and loud talking that makes other riders feel uncomfortable.

He supports allowing law enforcers on the Illinois side to ride trains and make arrests, even on the Missouri side of the river.

St. Louis public safety director Jimmie Edwards is promoting a plan to let St. Clair County law enforcers make arrests and hold suspects until police from St. Louis city or county could arrive to take them into custody.