“I am gravely concerned the city is attempting to transport federal inmates utilizing correctional officers who lack proper training and firearms qualifications,” Betts says. “I am also concerned police officers will be taken off the streets to assist in this task. There is no question public safety will be degraded under this plan.”
For his part, Jordan is trying not to get caught in the crossfire.
In a statement, he praised the “outstanding” work Betts' office has historically done. “We are hopeful that those same services will continue to be provided by the St. Louis City Detention personnel. It is my hope any disagreements between the city entities will be amicably resolved soon and mutually beneficial to all parties,” Jordan said.