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Springfield will see more officers on the city’s streets.  Springfield City Council has given its approval to a bill accepting a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.  The COPS Hiring Program Grant will provide 75 percent of the funding and benefits for 11 full-time officers for three years, according to Springfield police chief, Paul Williams.  The city must match 25 percent.

He said the grant will eventually bring the total of officers in the city up to 352.

Changes to Springfield’s vicious dog ordinance have been approved by Springfield City Council.  Members voted unanimously Monday night for the changes.

Dogs deemed a nuisance must now be micro-chipped, have up-to-date rabies vaccinations, be spayed or neutered and be registered with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department at a cost of $50 per year.

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A bill amending Springfield's Indecent Exposure Ordinance has been approved by City Council.  It requires more complete coverage of women's breasts and also calls for more coverage of both men's and women's buttocks.  The stricter ordinance was presented after a recent rally in which topless participants protested what they said were unequal existing laws.

Councilman Craig Fishel says equality can never be attained anyway.

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A retired Springfield police officer who was seriously injured on the job was greeted with thunderous applause and multiple standing ovations Monday.

Aaron Pearson was honored for three-years of service and commended for his recovery following the events of late January, where he sustained career ending injuries while investigating suspicious activity.

Council member Justin Burnett described Officer Pearson’s recovery as miraculous and an example of “divine intervention” and “skilled medical care”. 

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Several Springfield citizens told City Council last night why they support or oppose proposed changes to the city’s indecent exposure ordinance.

The changes, proposed by councilman Justin Burnett would expand the area of the breast that women can’t show in public. The current ordinance requires women to cover their nipples and areolas in public.  Burnett is requesting stricter language that requires women to cover their breasts from the top of the areola down.

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