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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Police to conduct DWI checkpoint this month

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of September. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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Posted on: August 25, 2015

CreAsian restaurant to donate half of Sept. 9 gross sales to Springfield Police and Fire

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will again
donate half of its gross sales Wednesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.

Last year's donation netted nearly $1,200 for SPD's crime prevention and neighborhood watch programs, and SFD's fire education and prevention efforts.

Restaurant co-owner Kiki Hu says her husband Johnny Tang came up with the idea because he
wanted to give back to the community.

"We are so blessed and he felt that since he came here 14 years ago, he had nothing. Now he hasa restaurant and a family," she explained. "It's now time to contribute back to society."

Tang also owns Max Orient in the Battlefield Mall Food Court.

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For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

Posted on: August 16, 2015

Fatality crash

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

At 11:32 p.m. on Aug. 15, Springfield officers were dispatched to a crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian near the Campbell Avenue exit on James River Freeway. Gregory Collins, 37, of Brookline, was struck by a vehicle ...

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Posted on: August 15, 2015

Sobriety checkpoint conducted last night

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield Police Department and The Greene County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night at Campbell Avenue and Bennett Street. A total of 481 motorists were contacted during the four hours the checkpoin...

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Posted on: August 10, 2015

Coffee with the Chief this Thursday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Big Momma's Coffee and Espresso Bar, 217 E. Commercial. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and the Chief. Anyone interested in asking questions or learning more about the Springfield Police Department is encouraged to attend.

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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
417-864-1786
LCox@springfieldmo.gov
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Posted on: August 4, 2015

Multiple agencies partner today for Operation Lifesaver

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This morning, the Springfield Police Department partnered with BNSF Railroad officers, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Operation Lifesaver, which is a program aimed toward rail safety ed...

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Posted on: August 3, 2015

Injury crash turned fatal

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At 9:18 a.m. on June 15, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash at 2906 E. Eastwood. An unoccupied 2001 Toyota Tacoma, which was in neutral, rolled backward (northbound) down a private driveway and str...

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Posted on: July 30, 2015

One of Springfield’s first female police officers to retire from the City after 41 years

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ever since the first police departments in the U.S. were formed in the mid-19th century, policing has been viewed by most as a traditionally male career path.

In 1970, only about 2 percent of all police officers in the United States were women, as compared to 13-14 percent today.

In 1974, 27-year-old Sandy Goss, along with two other female recruits, graduated from the Springfield Police Department’s police academy. Before 1974, women were not accepted into SPD's academy.

“I spent two years trying to get into the academy … finally, the city manager at the time told the police department that they had to accept women,” Goss said.

Upon graduation from the academy, Goss worked for the Springfield-Branson National Airport as an airport police officer for 16 years.

While serving at the airport, Goss, at the time a single mother of two, began to feel drawn to working to put those who victimize children behind bars.

“I felt that investigating child abuse cases was where I could be most useful in law enforcement,” Goss said. “I knew that it would be involve going back to school and a lot of training to learn interviewing and interrogation techniques, but I had to do it.”

While continuing to work full time, she took night classes at Drury University to pursue a criminal justice degree.

Goss joined SPD in 1991, after graduating from the police academy – again – at the age of 44, which was required because she hadn’t worked as a street officer.

“The physical agility requirements were definitely more intense in 1991 than they were in 1974, but I was able to make it through and graduate,” Goss said.

Goss served in SPD’s patrol division and was specially assigned to SPD’s mounted patrol in 1992 and 1993.

In 1995, she achieved the rank of corporal and became a detective, investigating special victims cases (cases involving child abuse and neglect and child sexual abuse) for nearly 12 years.

“Oh yes, it wore on me,” she said, about the job. “As a bailiff now at Municipal Court, I sometimes come across victims from my years investigating and see how the abuse still affects their lives as adults. But there are times when I run into a victim or a relative of a victim who tells me they’re doing well, and that’s very rewarding,” she said.

“I describe the years I spent as an investigator as heartbreaking, but rewarding,” Goss added. “Heartbreaking, because of what those kids went through, but rewarding, because even when we were not able to put an abuser behind bars, we were often able to get the child out of the home they were being abused in.”

In 1997, Goss became president of the Missouri Police Juvenile Officers Association, for which she continues to serve as a board member.

Goss retired from SPD in 2006 and joined the Municipal Court as a bailiff, where she has continued to serve and protect.

“Sandy actually told my mother one day that she would take a bullet for me,” said Judge Becky Borthwick. “Although this has been a ‘retirement’ job for her, she takes it very seriously and is very competent. She has had to defuse many situations in the courtroom in her time as a bailiff,” Borthwick said.

After 41 years serving the City of Springfield, Goss will retire on Friday and plans to spend time on her farm near Mount Vernon tending to her horses and playing with her three grandchildren.

She will be available for interviews at Municipal Court after 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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For more information, please contact Court Administrator Deanna Farley at 417-864-1360.

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Posted on: July 30, 2015

Springfield police officer receives statewide award from American Legion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

An officer with the Springfield Police Department received high honors this month from the Missouri Department of American Legion.

Kevin Holle, a 20-year veteran of the SPD, received the American Legion Law & Order Award for 2015. Due to his commitment to a mission trip scheduled in Haiti, Holle’s friend and colleague, Officer James Dougherty, accepted the award on his behalf on July 11 at the statewide 97th Annual Departmental Convention hosted in Springfield.

“I was greatly humbled by my nomination written by American Legion member and one of my local heroes, Allen Hines,” said Holle. “There were so many great officers this past year who performed heroic acts. Many stood the line in Ferguson, and one of our own was shot and then fought back to be an inspiration for every one of us. Being chosen by Legionnaires throughout the state for this award is quite an honor.”

Holle has worked for the SPD since 1995 and is currently assigned to the Training Unit of the department, working in the position of range officer. Prior to his career with the SPD, he was employed by the Monett Police Department for three years. He has performed the functions of a patrol officer, vice/gang investigator, hostage/crisis negotiator and community-policing officer.

Hundreds of students have been able to benefit from Holle’s passion and great willingness to share his knowledge and experience with those interested in a law enforcement career.

Holle has taught Missouri Basic POST academies since 1999, specializing in firearms. As a generalist instructor, he has taught at Drury University’s Law Enforcement Academy since 2007, in common core areas of drug investigation, search and seizure, report writing and criminal investigations. He also taught as an adjunct instructor at Ft. Leonard Wood teaching Military Police Advanced Individual Training (AIT) courses. Since 2010, he has been teaching associate and bachelor’s degree level courses at ITT Tech in interview and interrogation, principles of policing, criminal investigation, transportation security, report writing and Homeland Security. Holle earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree in criminology with a certificate in terrorism from Drury University.

In addition to his law enforcement experience, Holle has an extensive military career. In 2007, he retired as a First Sergeant with the 1138th MP Company, Missouri Army National Guard, after a combined 21 years of service with the Army and the Army National Guard.

Holle has been a member of the American Legion for 23 years and is currently with Post #419.

2015 Law & Order Award

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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
417-864-1786
LCox@springfieldmo.gov
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Posted on: July 29, 2015

Crash results in two fatalities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield Police Department and other emergency personnel responded to a fatality crash at 4:14 p.m. on July 28 at the intersection of West Bypass and Battlefield. The crash involved two motor vehicles: a white 1999 Honda CR...

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Posted on: July 28, 2015

National Night Out promotes safe, healthy neighborhoods

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams is sending a message to criminals: neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year marks the fourth anniversary of a citywide National Night Out event to coincide with the national p...

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Posted on: July 28, 2015

Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), will arrive on Aug. 10 to examine all aspects of the Springfield Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operati...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Springfield police conducted saturation patrol Thursday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On July 23, the Springfield Police Department conducted a DWI saturation patrol. Six drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated during the time of the operation.

The saturation patrol was funded through a grant from th...

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

Coffee with the Chief

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Dancing Mule, 1945 S. Glenstone. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public a...

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Posted on: July 21, 2015

Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The second quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 6 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of April through June 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Saf...

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Posted on: July 13, 2015

Garage burglaries trending upward

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

One common form of burglary during the summer months is entering open garage doors, and just as in past summers, the Springfield Police Department has been noticing an increase in this type of criminal behavior.

“What we are seeing again is that people are forgetting to close their garage doors overnight or choosing to leave them open while being inside or in their back yard,” said Sgt. David Meyer of the SPD's Property Crimes Unit. “Many assume that their belongings are safe since they are at home, but it only takes a few seconds to steal items from an open garage and take off.”

Just yesterday, Springfield police arrested 24-year-old Tiffany Justice after a homeowner caught her going through her vehicle inside her garage. SPD plans to present charges against Justice to the prosecutor’s office today.

These actions are offering thieves easy access inside garages where valuables, home or car keys or even garage door openers may be attainable. The SPD advises people to keep their garages closed, even if they are only away for a few minutes and believe their neighborhood is safe.

More tips from the SPD for preventing garage burglaries:

  • Make sure the door leading from the garage into your home also has a locking mechanism, and use it.
  • Cover any garage windows. You are doing thieves a favor by allowing them to see when your vehicle is gone.
  • Consider purchasing a "garage door open indicator." This will alert you when the garage door has been left open. Also, some garage door manufacturers have an automatic system that recognizes when a garage door has been left open and it will close after a specified period of time.
  • Record serial numbers and take pictures of items of value kept in your garage, so if they are stolen, they will be easier for police to identify.
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, and notify neighbors if you think they have accidentally left their garage open. Start a Neighborhood Watch

    in your community.

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    Case number: 15-26537
    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    417-864-1786
    LCox@springfieldmo.gov
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    Crime Prevention
    Posted on: July 10, 2015

    SPD to honor lateral academy graduates today

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A lateral graduation ceremony will take place for two police officers at 4 p.m. today at the Springfield Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.

    Graduates include:

  • Justin Compton, formerly of the Carthage (Mi...
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    Posted on: July 7, 2015

    Springfield captain graduates from Senior Management Institute for Police

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Captain David Millsap, graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) on June 18. With classes held at Boston University, the...

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    Posted on: June 30, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 3:46 p.m. on June 30, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Kearney Street and Melville Road.

    A 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, driven by Shirley M. Hughes, 80, of Springfield, was traveling sout...

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    Posted on: June 30, 2015

    Police supervisor receives automotive fleet specialist certification

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DeAnn Reynolds, fleet and equipment supervisor for the Springfield Police Department, earned accreditation as a Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) from the NAFA Fleet Management Association®.

    Reynolds’s focuses of study included fleet information management, maintenance management, professional development and vehicle fuel management. Due to her successful completion of the CAFS program, Reynolds is continuing her studies in the remaining disciplines to earn her Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) designation.

    Her career with the City of Springfield began with Human Resources in 2003. In 2010, she transferred to the Service Center at Public Works, and she joined the Springfield Police Department in 2014 as the first civilian and the first female holding her current position as the fleet and equipment supervisor.

    NAFA is the world's premier not-for-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe.

    NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.

    Photo of DeAnn Reynolds

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    417-864-1786
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    Posted on: June 30, 2015

    Vehicle vs. bicycle crash turns fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 1:41 p.m. on June 29, Springfield police officers responded to the intersection of Brentwood and Seminole for a crash involving a vehicle and bicyclist.

    The initial investigation determined that Barbara A. Calhoun, 72, of S...

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    Posted on: December 29, 2014

    65th Springfield Police Academy class graduates Friday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Graduation ceremonies for the officers of the 65th Springfield Police Academy will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2210 W. Republic Rd.

    The 20 graduates have undergone 1,019 hours (24 weeks)...

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    Posted on: June 22, 2015

    SPD hosts seminar for potential recruits

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend the upcoming informational seminar. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 6, at the Sp...

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    Police Officer Employment
    Posted on: June 19, 2015

    Eight drivers arrested during saturation patrol

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On June 18, the Springfield Police Department, in collaboration with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a saturation patrol, and eight drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

    The saturation patrol was fu...

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    Posted on: June 17, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at Hebrews Coffee, 1604 E. Republic. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and ...

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    Posted on: June 12, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 1:43 p.m. on May 18, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Calhoun Street and Lafontaine Avenue. A 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Lisa Lee, 51, of Springfield, was traveling eastbound on Calhoun...

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    Posted on: June 11, 2015

    Missing endangered child: Maximus Mobley-Benson, 9

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    UPDATE: Maximus was safely located in the 3800 block of S. Campbell.

    The Springfield Police Department is searching for 9-year-old Maximus Mobley-Benson. He is autistic and was last seen by his mother at 4:15 p.m. today in the ...

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    Posted on: June 5, 2015

    Police to conduct DWI checkpoint this month

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of June. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

    Consequenc...

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    Posted on: June 5, 2015

    Springfield police ask to hear from witnesses of vehicular assault

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 1:49 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, Springfield police officers responded to Cartoons Oyster Bar, 1614 S. Glenstone, in regards to an assault on the parking lot at the location. When officers arrived, they found one su...

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    Posted on: June 2, 2015

    Shooting suspect wanted: Tyler Shepard

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating Tyler B. Shepard, 25. A probable cause item has been issued for first-degree assault for his involvement in the shooting of a 29-year-old male just after 11 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the intersection of Lynn and Concord.

    Shepard is 6 feet tall, 195 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

    Do not try to apprehend Shepard as he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should call 911 or the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.

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    Case number: 15-20532
    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    417-864-1786
    LCox@springfieldmo.gov
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    Posted on: May 31, 2015

    Update: Child has been located

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: Randy Marney was safely returned to his home on a church bus just before 1 p.m. today and is unharmed. It was discovered that Marney was with a church group during the morning, but parents were unclear of related details....

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    Posted on: May 29, 2015

    UPDATE: Missing endangered child located

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: 2-month-old Jacob Dake and parents, Kyle Dake and Dorothy Stas, were located this morning at a Springfield hotel. The child is safe and is being treated at a hospital. Dake and Stas were arrested for interference with custody, and charges are pending.

    Update: The Springfield Police Department is still on the lookout for Stas, Dake and their child, Jacob. The suspect vehicle issued earlier, however, was located late last night in Springfield. Those with information about the family's whereabouts are still urged to contact the SPD at 417-864-1810 or call 911 with those details.

    Original: The Springfield Police Department is searching for a missing and endangered child.

    2-month-old Jacob Joseph Dake (03-22-15) is in need of immediate medical care and the court has issued an order to take custody of him. Jacob is believed to be with his parents, Kyle Dake and Dorothy Stas.

    The mother is Dorothy J. Stas, 22. Stas is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches and 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The father is Kyle W. Dake, 26. Dake is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches and 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. They are believed to be in the Springfield area, possibly headed to Oklahoma, in a black 1999 Ford Mustang with Missouri license plate MK3D0V.

    Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.

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    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    417-864-1786
    LCox@springfieldmo.gov
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    Posted on: May 29, 2015

    SPD lieutenant graduates from Command College

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A lieutenant from the Springfield Police Department was honored as part of the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation (MPCCF) Command College Class V. Lieutenant Eric Reece graduated from MPCCF’s Command College during commencement exercises held this morning in the Missouri State Capitol’s first floor rotunda.

    The Command College training provides leaders in Missouri law enforcement the opportunity to receive advanced command level training, consisting of over 300 hours of Peace Officer Standards and Training continuing education, over the course of the year.

    The MPCCF is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1996 to provide assistance and service to citizens and law enforcement. Their mission is two-fold: to promote the safety of Missouri's youth through educational programs and to advance the quality and professionalism of law enforcement by supporting higher standards and offering advanced officer training. The MPCCF is recognized and licensed by the State of Missouri as an approved provider of law enforcement continuing education.

    Photo: Captain Greg Higdon, Lieutenant Eric Reece and Major Kirk Manlove

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    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    417-864-1786
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    Posted on: May 29, 2015

    Memorial Day crash turns fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 1:13 p.m. on May 25, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near US Highway 60 and National Avenue.

    A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Ernest Cloud, 86, of Mountain Grove, was traveling eastbound ...

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    Posted on: May 22, 2015

    SPD detectives receive statewide honor

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Two detectives from the Springfield Police Department have been named Law Enforcement Investigators of the Year by the Missouri State Investigators Association (MSIA). Corporal Rod Noble and Detective David Hatch were recognized by the MSIA for their work on a series of home invasion robberies involving elderly victims occurring in 2013 and 2014. The awards were presented last night at the MSIA Annual Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks.

    After Noble and Hatch concluded an intensive investigation spanning over several months, Joseph Smiley was found guilty of ten robbery, burglary and armed criminal action charges on Feb. 6, 2015. On April 10, 2015, he was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Three co-suspects in the cases all pleaded guilty to the multiple charges against them and received sentences of 20 years, 10 years and five years. They were also ordered to make restitution payments to victims.

    Photo (L-R): SPD's Sgt. David Meyer, Det. David Hatch, Cpl. Rod Noble, Lt. Kevin Grizzell and Capt. David Millsap at the MSIA banquet.

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    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    417-864-1786
    Lcox@springfieldmo.gov
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    Posted on: May 20, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Eurasia Café, 445 E. Commercial. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and th...

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    Posted on: May 18, 2015

    SPD hosts seminar for potential recruits

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend the upcoming informational seminar. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the...

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    Police Officer Employment
    Posted on: May 15, 2015

    Statement on prosecutor's conclusion of officer-involved shooting

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department appreciates the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office’s thorough and extensive review of the shooting by then Officer Andrew Bath that resulted in the death of Michael Ireland.

    On Feb. 17, Springf...

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    Posted on: May 14, 2015

    Cause of May hotel deaths confirmed

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 22, 2015 Update:
    The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performed testing on Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44, confirming the cause of both their deaths to be cerebral malaria, a non-communicabl...

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    Posted on: May 8, 2015

    No jail space for municipal prisoners leaves offenders on the streets

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The jail capacity issue at the consolidated county-municipal justice center has now reached a critical point for the City of Springfield, according to City officials. Sheriff Jim Arnott announced he would stop accepting municipal ...Read on...

    View the Task Force's report.
    Posted on: April 23, 2015

    Brick-laying ceremony at Victims Memorial Garden this evening

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The annual brick-laying ceremony at the Victims Memorial Garden in Springfield's Phelps Grove Park will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

    Established in 1991, the Victims Memorial Garden’s purpose is to serve as a special place to remember victims of crime, their families, and those who serve them.

    The Springfield Police Department will lay a brick in honor of its Records Section’s Police Services Representatives.

    The records staff is responsible for taking police reports from citizens in non-emergency situations that do not require an officer to respond. They also process Sunshine Law requests, gather Uniform Crime Report statistics and serve as an administrative support unit to sworn personnel. A sub-group of the Records Section is the Property and Evidence Unit which is responsible for processing and securing all SPD evidence. In 2014, the Records Section answered over 150,000 calls, took over 29,000 reports and processed over 33,000 new pieces of evidence.

    Nine additional honorees will be recognized this evening by individuals and other local agencies.

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    417-864-1786
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    Program for brick-laying ceremony
    Posted on: April 13, 2015

    SPD to step up seat belt enforcement

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on April 14 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up — and to save more lives.

    Despite evi...

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    Posted on: April 9, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 8:56 p.m. on April 8, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Chestnut Expressway and Barnes Avenue.

    A 2012 Chevrolet Impala driven by Justin R. Reynolds, 35, of Springfield, was traveling ea...

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    Posted on: April 3, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 3:30 p.m. on March 22, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Sunshine and Enterprise. A 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Craig A. Inman, 46, of Springfield, was traveling westbound on...

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    Posted on: March 30, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Classic Rock Coffee, 1900 W. Sunset. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public ...

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    Posted on: March 16, 2015

    Apartment standoff ends Monday evening

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department responded to a “check person” call at Lakeshore Apartments, 3660 S. Cox Ave., at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Officers encountered an armed subject upon arrival and immediately set up...

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    Posted on: March 15, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 10:13 this morning, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a single vehicle crash. A 2003 Honda van was traveling northbound on Highway 65 when it left the roadway just north of Sunshine, struck an embankment and o...

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    Posted on: March 9, 2015

    SPD is accepting applications for cadet program

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is currently accepting applications for its cadet program. This program is a volunteer operational unit designed to prepare the cadets for a career in law enforcement while supplementing the resou...

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    Posted on: March 8, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 8:03 a.m. on March 8, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Battlefield and Kansas Expressway.

    A 2014 International Pro Star towing a trailer, driven by Ralph A. James, 60, of Cordova TN,...

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    Posted on: March 2, 2015

    Police Department completes annual report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department has completed an annual report that highlights the department activities over the last 12 months that resulted in the decreased level of crime, as reported in the Uniform Crime Report, as well as ...

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    Posted on: February 26, 2015

    Arrest made, charges filed in weekend shooting

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On Feb. 21 at 7:38 p.m., officers from the Springfield Police Department were dispatched to Fremont and Sunset for a loud disturbance involving gunfire. An additional caller advised dispatch that a male was shot in the leg and the...

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    Posted on: February 23, 2015

    Neighborhood Watch training session scheduled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a Neighborhood Watch training session on Thursday, Feb. 26. The session will be held at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. ...

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    Training Session Registration Form
    Posted on: February 23, 2015

    SPD recognizes promotions and honors award recipients

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department hosted a combined awards and promotions ceremony for citizens and SPD staff at 3 p.m. today at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. Staff and citizens wer...

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    Posted on: February 20, 2015

    Police identify bodies recovered in house fire

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate the suspicious nature of three deaths that occurred yesterday at 2246 N. Roosevelt.

    Three bodies were recovered from the home, and they have been identified. James E. T...

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    Posted on: February 19, 2015

    Three deaths being investigated in house fire

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is investigating the suspicious deaths of three adults where a house fire occurred this morning at 2246 N. Roosevelt. At 6:34 a.m., the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to the fire which...

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    Posted on: February 18, 2015

    Police release initial details of officer-involved shooting investigation

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 10:07 p.m. on Feb. 17, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a “check person” 911 call in the 1900 block of West Division Street. When officers arrived, one of the suspects fled on foot. Officer Andrew Bath pursue...

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    Posted on: February 16, 2015

    Police identify deceased person found yesterday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department responded to the area of Fremont and Erie at 7:51 a.m. on Feb. 15 to check a person.

    The person, who has been identified as William A. Spears (03-03-61), was found deceased. An autopsy was comp...

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    Posted on: February 13, 2015

    Homicide suspect wanted by SPD

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Willie D. Clark, Jr. (10-21-63), is a suspect currently wanted by the Springfield Police Department for questioning regarding the double homicide that occurred earlier today at 752 S. Newton. Clark should be considered armed and d...

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    Posted on: February 13, 2015

    Police identify double homicide victims

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is currently investigating a double homicide. At 11:57 a.m. today, officers were dispatched to a 911 call from neighbors of the residence at 752 S. Newton. When officers arrived, they found a male...

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    Posted on: February 10, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 1:01 a.m. on Feb. 10, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Battlefield and Campbell.

    A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Dylan A. Meyer, 20, of Springfield, with a passenger, Seth D. Pe...

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    Posted on: February 8, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 11:22 p.m. on Feb. 7, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Chestnut Expressway and Haseltine Road.

    A 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by Bradley N. Price, 31, of Republic, was traveling Ea...

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    Posted on: February 1, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 9:39 p.m. on Jan. 31, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Atlantic and Boonville.

    A moped, driven by Jeffrey D. Anderson, 53, of Springfield, was traveling westbound on Atlantic in fron...

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    Posted on: January 28, 2015

    Chief Williams provides update on Officer Pearson

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams, along with the family of Officer Aaron Pearson, would like to update the community on Aaron’s condition.

    After being shot early Monday morning, Aaron suffered serious, career-ending inj...

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    Posted on: January 26, 2015

    Chief Williams issues statement following shooting of officer

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Our police department has been struck by a tragic incident this morning. The health of our injured officer and the privacy and support of his family are our primary concerns.

    Just before 1:30 this morning, our patrol officers ...

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    View the media briefing.
    Posted on: January 26, 2015

    Officer in serious, but stable condition; subject in custody for questioning

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    A Springfield Police officer was shot when he responded to a "check person" call this morning around 1:30 a.m. He is in serious, but stable condition at a local hospital. The suspect in the shooting, which occurred near Chestnut and Glenstone, The Springf...Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2015

    SPD releases 2014 Uniform Crime Report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department's 2014 crime reporting through the Uniform Crime Report has been completed.

    “Our year-end data shows an overall drop in reported crime in Springfield of 12 percent,” said Police Chief Paul Williams. “This is welcome news after reporting a rise in the crime rate at this time last year.”

    While crimes against persons increased by 4 percent, due to a 33 percent rise in homicides, (from 12 to 16), and a 7 percent uptick in aggravated assaults, both reported rapes and robberies declined. In 2013, police noted a dramatic increase in residential robberies, or home invasions, but in these types of robberies alone, there was 25 percent decline in 2014. This helped drive the overall rate of robberies to drop by just over 1 percent. Investigators were also able to clear 47 percent of robbery cases, up 13 percent over the past two years.

    Reports show rape is down 5 percent in Springfield. “It has now been two years since the FBI made the change to the definition of rape, so we are able to view an accurate yearly comparison again,” said Williams. The FBI broadened the definition to include more sexual assault cases under this classification in January 2013, almost doubling the reports now classified as rape.

    Overall, property crimes decreased by 14 percent, largely due to an increased amount of citizens proactively protecting their homes and valuables and the Department’s crime prevention and investigative initiatives that have been developed and expanded over the years. The Community Services Section provided 248 citizens with Neighborhood Watch training in 2014, creating 5 more official Neighborhood Watch groups throughout the City. The “Rollin’ Stolen” list created by investigators brought patrol officers awareness of active criminals and resulting in focused, coordinated efforts to target those subjects who commit multiple property crimes, leading to successful prosecutions, thus removing them from the streets.

    Burglaries, both residential and commercial, decreased 21.5 percent from 2013. The combination of increased citizen awareness and thorough, diligent investigators resulted in this significant reduction.

    Larceny/theft dropped by 15 percent. This category includes theft from vehicles (decreased 17 percent), shoplifting (increased 12 percent) and other thefts such as gas drive-offs, which dropped by 32 percent. Contributing to this decline were continued SPD efforts to educate the community on limiting the opportunity for crime by not leaving unsecured valuables in vehicles and the SPD’s ability to convince area Kum ‘n Go convenience stores to institute a pre-pay policy for their customers.

    Auto thefts continue to be an issue in Springfield, rising 15 percent in 2014. The theft of motorcycles, scooters and vehicles running while unattended are the driving factor in this increase. The SPD has been actively seeking to educate the public on avoiding becoming the next victim of auto theft. An analysis of these crimes indicate that many times, victims have left cars running unattended or have left a key somewhere inside an unlocked vehicle. The clearance rate of auto thefts continues to rise, highlighting the need for, and success of, the Vehicle Theft Unit created in 2013.

    Now that year-end statistics are slowly being reported to the FBI by those agencies across the country who chose to participate in the program, cities’ rankings may begin to surface on the internet. Chief Williams reminds citizens of the FBI’s policy against ranking law enforcement agencies based on UCR data alone. Analyses done in this manner would be incomplete, creating misleading perceptions which adversely affect geographic entities and their residents, according to the FBI.

    “Unfortunately there are a lot of third party websites that supply ‘crime information’ and use a proprietary process to compare or rank cities -- none of which is verifiable or accurate,” he said. “The SPD does not provide data to any of them, and the data used is most often a year or two old. The only true, accurate and fair comparison to be done is against ourselves using historical data.”

    SPD 2014 Uniform Crime Report. (pdf).

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    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    O: 864-1786
    LCox@springfieldmo.gov
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    Posted on: January 19, 2015

    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The fourth quarter of 2014 saw an overall decrease in crime by 4 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of October through December of 2013, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly P...

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    Posted on: January 17, 2015

    Crash involving pedestrian turns fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 12:01 this morning, the Springfield Police Department responded to a report of a crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, Gary L. Stephenson (01/03/85), was walking along West Bypass and then walked wes...

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    Posted on: January 14, 2015

    Search warrants executed at pawn shops

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is executing two related search warrants today. The warrants are to search for stolen vehicles and stolen property at Washington Pawn (1355 E. Kearney) and American Recovery (1505 E. Kearney). These search warrants were reviewed by the Greene County Prosecutor's Office and authorized by a Greene County judge after a finding of probable cause based upon the affidavits of the investigating detective. The search warrants, applications and affidavits will be available through the Circuit Clerk’s Office when the returns are filed. The returns will be filed after the search and documentation is complete. There is no additional information that can be released at this time because this is an ongoing investigation.

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    Springfield Police Department
    Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    864-1786

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    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Dancing Mule Coffee Co., 1945 S. Glenstone. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between t...

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    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 10:18 a.m. today, Springfield police responded to a crash at US 65 and Division Street.

    A minivan driven by Mary Smail, 71, of Rogersville, was northbound on US 65 approaching Division. A witness reported seeing the van swe...

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    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Mayor issues proclamation designating Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Springfield

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    Mayor Bob Stephens today presented Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams with a proclamation designating Jan. 9, 2015 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in the City of Springfield.

    "I urge all citizens to join with me in commending law enforcement o...Read on...

    View the proclamation.
    Posted on: December 29, 2014

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 27, the Springfield Police Department responded to a crash at 1768 N. Glenstone.

    Reports indicate the vehicle was traveling eastbound as it went through the Commercial and Glenstone intersection. It then left the roadway, struck trailers in the U-Haul parking lot and came to a stop after crashing into the U-Haul building.

    The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was trapped and was extricated by the Springfield Fire Department. He was then pronounced deceased by medical personnel. He has been identified as Eugene David Burns II (7-5-61) of Springfield. Next of kin has been notified. The Springfield Police Department's investigation of the crash is ongoing.

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    Case number: 14-50656
    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
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    Posted on: December 17, 2014

    Arrests made, charges filed in home burglary case caught on video

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 5 a.m. on Dec. 12, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to 1119 S. Gelven for subjects breaking into vehicles. The two subjects, now identified as Gage C. Scott (3-18-97) and Jeremiah T. White (9-27-95...

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    Posted on: December 11, 2014

    SPD honors lateral academy graduates tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A lateral graduation ceremony will take place for four police officers at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at the Springfield Police Department's SRT (Mill) Building, 216 W. Central.

    Graduates include:
    -Michael Carney, formerly of the Alamo Heights, Texas Police Department-Eric Dye, formerly of the Nixa Police Department
    -Todd Mallow, formerly of the Branson Police Department-Chris Wallen, formerly of the Clinton Police Department

    The community is invited to help welcome these four officers to the Springfield Police Department and congratulate them on their lateral academy graduation.

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    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    O: 864-1786 | C: 839-5301
    LCox@springfieldmoRead on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2014

    SPD joins national crackdown to reduce substance-impaired driving fatalities

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    From mid-December through New Year’s Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Holiday DWI Campaign” crackdown on substance-impaired driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Springfield, will run from Dec. 12 through Jan. 1.

    The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to substance-impaired driving over the holidays.

    The SPD will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving substance-impaired.

    Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation still get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing substance-impaired driving epidemic.

    Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators. In 2014, 223 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every 1.5 days. Holidays such as the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays are particularly dangerous.

    There were 41 people killed and 242 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between Dec. 13, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014. Four of the fatalities and 32 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.

    Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, the SPD plans to make roadways safer for everyone throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

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    Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
    O: 864-1786 | C: 839-5301
    LCox@springfieldmo.gov
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    Posted on: December 8, 2014

    Police identify victim of fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle crash at 3909 S. Campbell at 9:21 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. It was reported that the vehicle was engulfed in flames and the driver was trapped. Several citi...

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    Posted on: December 7, 2014

    Springfield police investigate homicide

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 1:19 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, Springfield police officers responded to 2126 N. Main Avenue after a 911 caller indicated they heard noises outside and found an injured man lying on the ground bleeding. When officers...

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    Posted on: December 1, 2014

    Coffee with the Chief

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Hebrews Coffee, 1604 E. Republic Rd. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and ...

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    Posted on: November 26, 2014

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a crash at 10:49 a.m. today.

    Two vehicles, a black Chevrolet HHR and a white Buick Century, were traveling on the northbound off-ramp of Highway 65 at Chestnut Expressway. Th...

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    Posted on: November 25, 2014

    Police continue to seek public’s help in assault investigation

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is continuing to investigate an assault that occurred on Aug. 22 at 318 South Avenue. The incident took place after those involved left The Outland where a performance by the rap group, Chain Gang...

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    Posted on: November 7, 2014

    Sobriety checkpoint results

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On Nov. 7, the Springfield Police Department, in collaboration with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, MoDOT, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, conducted a sobriety checkpoint at t...

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    Posted on: November 5, 2014

    Police Department publishes third quarter safety report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The third quarter of 2014 saw an overall decrease in crime by 9 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of July through September of 2013, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Publ...

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