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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will take over law enforcement at the airport starting on July 1.

SLMPD and the Airport Police Department began work Tuesday for the transition, according to a tweet from Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff.

Prior to the merger, the Airport Police Department was its own, independent agency, tasked with traffic control, criminal investigation and general airport security. Now, airport policing will function as a new SLMPD bureau.

"Local control gives us the opportunity to unify our police operations so that each unit is working toward the same goals and under the same leadership," Slay said in a news release.

Approximately 75 airport police officers will join the SLMPD. City park rangers and city marshals also will integrate to become another unit.

(KSDK intern DeJuan Baskin contributed to this report)

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