Gov. Nixon signs bill combining Water Patrol, Highway Patrol

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WAPPAPELLO, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill Wednesday that combines the state's water and highway patrols.

Nixon says combining the departments will save both patrols a lot of money, but it won't result in any officers losing their jobs

The Governor says total savings is about $2.8 million.

The signing of the bill comes right before one of the busiest boating weekends of the year, and Nixon says all patrol levels will be the same as they were last year.

Nixon says the savings will come from cutting some administrative positions and eliminating overlap between the departments.

He also says the water patrol officers will work shorter shifts in the summer, cutting down on the overtime budget.

The Water Patrol says it is excited that its officers will be joining forces with the Highway Patrol.

Nixon say it's a great situation for both departments, as they will have extra man power and a more seamless process to exchange information during investigations.

"Adding the Water Patrol to the Highway Patrol will put together a seamless group that when there is something necessary, it won't just be that single or solitary water patrolman out there, it will be the Highway Patrol out there backing them up."

The departments will combine on January 1, 2011.

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