Springfield Police Department

Michele Skalicky

Numbers have been released from Tuesday's Officer on a Train operation in Springfield.  According to MSHP Sergeant Jason Pace, during the approximately 1 hour and 40 minute operation, there were 17 traffic stops, 10 citations, one warrant arrest and 12 warnings.

Original Story:

A Burlington Northern-Santa Fe two-car train moved through the center of Springfield today with law enforcement officers onboard.  Others were stationed on motorcycles at railroad crossings to watch for anyone violating crossing laws.

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This story has been updated to reflect an updated time for the president's arrival and subsequent speech.

An airport official says President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield Wednesday won’t be much different than normal operations.

Michele Skalicky

The MSU Department of Safety and Transportation and the Springfield Police Department worked together to practice a variety of scenarios—from injured people on the ground with the possibility of a shooter still in the area to covert searches.  The training took place Tuesday in a residence hall and an academic building.

SPD lieutenant, Jason Laub, said training opportunities like this one, in a realistic environment, are important in helping officers prepare for real life situations.

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Update 6-29-17 5:15 pm:

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says a body found in a wooded area has been tentatively identified as a Springfield man that had been reported missing.

58-year old James E. Baldwin, Jr. was first reported missing in May. The office says in a news release that an autopsy was conducted Thursday. Positive identification is pending lab results, which could take several weeks.

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For years now, the Springfield Police Department has had 16 squads spread throughout the city. But due to understaffing in center city, a new patrol unit has emerged.

The downtown area used to encompass two of those 16 squads, both of which were understaffed. That’s according to Lisa Cox, the public affairs officer at the Springfield Police Department.

“So basically what we’ve done is added this Squad 17, to our operations. We have them working from 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. in that center city zone.”  

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