FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2022
Springfield Police Department’s 2021 Annual Report now available
Springfield, Mo. – The challenges of 2020 seemed to continue relentlessly for members of the Springfield Police Department and the community, but as this report reflects, positive signs of change became more prominent throughout 2021. The Springfield Police Department’s 2021 Annual Report highlights activity throughout the year and is now available to the public.
While staffing challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic continued, the dedication and hard work of the men and women at SPD resulted in an overall decrease in Springfield crime and SPD officers were slowly able to reengage community organizations.
Highlighted in the report are new equipment and programs including installation of WatchGuard in-car video cameras, a pilot program with Flock Safety license plate readers as well as the implementation of the body worn camera program, all of which have provided critical information for criminal investigations.
The theft of catalytic converters has had a significant impact on the Springfield community over that last two years and in 2021, after an extensive investigation, the case ended with federal indictments for seven individuals.
“Through it all, the men and women who have accepted the call to serve and protect the citizens of Springfield did just that – every day, without fail,” said Police Chief Paul Williams. “As you open the 2021 Annual Report, I’d ask that you take a few moments to reflect on the year that was, through the eyes of SPD.”
Springfield Police Department 2021 Annual Report: Flipbook | PDF
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Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters