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Eastern Missouri Police Academy eyes The Meadows as new home

The Eastern Missouri Police Academy, which provides training for many local police officers, may be moving to a new location.

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved a resolution at its July 16 meeting granting a special use permit that would allow the academy to operate day classes at 11 Meadows Circle Drive, Suite 422 at the Meadows at Lake Saint Louis shopping center.

The academy was charted in 1979 by various law enforcement agencies in St. Charles County to provide to train recruits as police officers, continuing education for police and licensing and training for security guards and watchmen in the county. More than 6,000 police officers are academy graduates with many employed by local police departments.

Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Chris DiGiuseppi is a member of the academy’s executive committee and was placed in charge of finding a new home for the academy.

“We’re looking for a long-term lease,” DiGiuseppi said. He added that the college also may need the classroom space.

DiGiuseppi did not say when the move would be or discuss terms of a lease.


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