ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -The City of St. Louis will officially take over its own police department for the first time in 150 years.

Since the Civil War, the department has been under state control, but back in November, voters approved "Proposition A," which gave that control back to the city.

Chief Sam Dotson says residents should not notice any changes in service, but that overtime, some duplicate positions held in both the city and the police department may be cut.

"Anybody employed by the Metropolitan Police Department will be employed under local control," he said. "No city employees will lose their job under local control. But over time, as people retire or move on to other careers, some positions may be consolidated and that savings can be reinvested back into the police department."

The state-appointed Board of Police Commissioners will meet for the final time on Saturday.

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