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Thefts of a part found underneath a vehicle are causing problems for individuals and organizations in the Ozarks.  Between January 1 and April 30, 2021, 337 reports of catalytic converter thefts were reported to the Springfield Police Department.  

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A Springfield Police Department program gives citizens a behind-the-scenes look at SPD practices and policies.  And applications are now open for the fall 2021 Citizens Police Academy.

Those who are selected complete 30 hours of instruction over 10 weeks and meet every Thursday during that time.  Participants learn about a variety of topics, according to SPD, including police policies, organizational structure, investigative processes and policing tactics.

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The Springfield Police Department will be watching for drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians at a crosswalk at Grant and Sunset this week.  The crosswalk is part of the South Creek Greenway. 

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Springfield police are conducting a Crosswalk Yield Check at a crosswalk in the northern part of the city this week.

Springfield city officials said in a news release the officers will be monitoring a crosswalk for four hours each day at Atlantic and Campbell near Reed Middle School.

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Springfield Police are investigating two separate fatal shootings that occurred on Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27.

The Friday afternoon shooting took place at 1333 N. Concord Avenue.  The victim has been identified as 43-year-old Stanley R. Taylor.  The Saturday afternoon shooting occurred at 926 South Avenue.  That victim is 31-year-old Cory McHaffie. 

No suspects have been identified in either shooting. 

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This week, host Debbie Good speaks with Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams.

Today’s discussion explores the impact of COVID-19 regarding department operations.   Chief Williams addresses safety, the masking ordinance, impact on public engagement events, and additional adaptations made by the department.

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The Springfield Police Department is offering stickers to those with special needs to improve interactions between officers and the public. 

There are three different stickers:  One for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, one for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and another for those with autism or special needs.  They can be placed on the window of a vehicle or a home.

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The Springfield Police Department is hoping to offer free courses to motorcyclists in an effort to prevent future crashes.  According to SPD, Springfield has seen a record number of fatal motor vehicle crashes this year involving motorcycles.  Between January 1 and September 23, there have been nine fatalities involving motorcycles.

The department applied for and was awarded a Highway Safety grant from MODOT.  It will go before Springfield City Council October 5 for approval.  The funding will allow SPD to offer one-day Share the Road motorcycle safety courses for free. 

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The Springfield Police Department conducted masking ordinance compliance checks at several area businesses Friday and Saturday night.  Officers looked for whether or not businesses were using signage; enforcing masking, social distancing and capacity limits; and making sure patrons were putting on masks when moving throughout a business, according to the department.

Officers witnessed “a high level of compliance,” and all businesses they checked were complying with capacity limits.  Employees of the businesses wore masks, according to a news release.

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The Springfield Police Department’s K9, Charlie, is retiring.  The Malinois from Denmark began working with SPD in 2014.  He was a model K9 who enjoyed working--from tracking bad guys to conducting car sniffs, according to the department.

Charlie will live with his handler, Sgt. Michael Karnes, and his family in retirement.  He will get to relax and enjoy life by playing outside in the yard or laying around the house, according to SPD.

Department officials said they are grateful for Charlie’s service and they wish him plenty of naps and lots of treats in retirement.

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The Springfield Police Department has released its annual report showing the past year's crime data.

The number of violent crimes and property crimes both went up in 2019. 

According to the 2019 FBI Uniform Crime Report, aggravated assaults in Springfield increased by almost 20 percent in 2019, and the police department said in a press release that gun violence played a major role in that increase. 

Police Chief Paul Williams said most people don’t need to worry about being victims of random acts of violence, as most violence is between people who know each other.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, we continue our ongoing series looking deeper into individual aspects of the 2019 Springfield-Greene County focus report.  Todays’ discussion explores Red Flags and Blue Ribbons related to public safety.

Host Leslie Carrier speaks with Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams. 

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks with Springfield Chief of Police Paul Williams.

Today’s discussion explores the measures taken by the police department to assess and address racial disparages related to traffic stops.

The Springfield Police Department is investigating after a suspect died while in police custody. 

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Springfield police are investigating after a deputy U.S. Marshal with the U.S. Marshals Service shot a suspect in Springfield Tuesday.

According to SPD, the officer shot a wanted fugitive at around 11:34 a.m. at 2524 S. Campbell after the suspect, 36-year-old Jared D. Kelly, produced a handgun.  Deputy Marshals and officers on the scene secured the suspect and rendered aid.  He was taken by ambulance to Cox South where he later died.

The Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating the shooting.