Merger of highway, water patrols fails to deliver improved safety, savings

Close to four years ago, the Missouri Water Patrol merged with the Missouri Highway Patrol in a move it was said would save taxpayers money and put more officers on the state’s waterways.

Instead, the merger removed full-time Water Patrol officers from important locations and has jeopardized the safety of some of the state’s busiest waterways. And the move, which Gov. Jay Nixon said at the time would save the state $3 million per year, has cost taxpayers an additional $900,000 annually.

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