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FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Brown, director of the Greater St. Louis Book Fair. “We are once again anticipating large crowds, so this is an outstanding opportunity to share your love of books and reading by assisting our staff. Your help can make this fair our best ever.’’ Profits from the Book Fair go into grants that help groups promote literacy throughout our community, Brown said. Jobs include cashier assistants, baggers, greeters, information desk, restockers, cart wranglers and setup/cleanup. Prospective volunteers can email barbarabookfair@ hotmail.com. ST. LOUIS COUNTY County prepares to equip police with body, dash cameras St. Louis County has issued a Request for Proposals [RFP] to equip St. Louis County Police Department officers and patrol cars with cameras. The equipment will be funded with revenue generated by Prop P, the public safety sales tax approved by voters in 2017. “The goal of the camera program is to ensure officer accountability and build trust with the citizens of St. Louis County,” said County Executive Steve Stenger. In addition to body cameras, County officials say Prop P funding is being used to: • Hire more police officers • Improve police pay • Mobilize more two-officer cars • Expand officer training on topics such as peaceful conflict resolution County Police will install dash cams in the majority of patrol cars while body cams will be placed strategically among individual officers. “We are working on the most efficient ways to equip our officers with camera systems and through the RFP process we expect to find a company that’s a good fit for our needs,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “Parties interested in bidding on the body camera contract are required to include a description of software, data storage capabilities and video quality.” Through Proposition P funds, Chief Belmar has hired approximately 40 additional law enforcement officers, with the goal of increasing our organization’s manpower by 114 officers. County Library seeks poets St. Louis County Library is soliciting submission for a new online poetry collection. As part of National Poetry Month 2018, adults are invited to submit an original poem from April 16-30 to be included in the library’s first online poetry compilation. The compilation will be part of the library’s SELF-e Indie Missouri collection. All participants must be at least 18 years old. One poem per person may be submitted, and those submitting must have a St. Louis County Library card. Poetry can be on any topic provided the content is appropriate in language and subject. A full list of official rules and guidelines can be found online at slcl.org/celebratingpoetry. MISSOURI ‘No MOre Trash!’ efforts seek volunteers Missouri’s 16th annual No MOre Trash! Bash will focus on “spring cleaning” the outdoors by asking residents to pick up litter throughout the state between April 15 and May 15. The litter prevention campaign is sponsored by the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation. The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places during April. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations. Each year, MoDOT spends about $6.75 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadside along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at more than $1 million. Last year, more than 43,000 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the spring No MOre Trash! Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 547 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated more than $2.3 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually. Littering also hurts wildlife. “Many animals mistake litter for food and become sick and die when they try to ingest it,” said Joe Jerek, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s No MOre Trash! coordinator. “Birds, fish, turtles and other animals get tangled in litter, such as plastic six-pack holders and fishing line, and it can kill them.” Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit nomoretrash. org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT [1-888- 275-6636]. 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