City of Branson

Michele Skalicky

A program in Branson to help keep those who might wander away safe is expanding.  The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Branson Police Department to expand its Project Lifesaver program to include visitors and tourists.

Michele Skalicky

The Branson Board of Aldermen recently passed a primary seat belt ordinance, and that law goes into effect May 1.  But the city has announced that the Branson Police Department will give drivers time to get used to the new law before they'll begin handing out tickets.

Arlington Police Department / Arlington Police Department

The Branson Police Department has announced a new police chief.

According to a press release from the city, Jeff Matthews will bring 33 years of law enforcement experience to the position of Chief of Police.  He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of the Arlington, Texas Police Department.

Matthews will take over for Stan Dobbins who has been serving as interim police chief. Dobbins, who was also the former police chief, is now the Branson City Administrator.

The City of Branson hopes new improvements it’s made at the Compton Sewer Treatment Plant will help protect critical infrastructure.

According to city officials, Branson has worked to improve its flood defenses after each big flood. It’s currently using lessons learned during the 2017 flood events.

Project Lifesaver International

A recent purchase by the Branson Police Department is designed to find someone quickly if they wander off. 

The $10,000 purchase included seven "tracker" bracelets or transmitters, two receivers and training for officers.