Springfield Police Department

Springfield Police Department

The Springfield Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing teenager who they believe may be in danger.   Sixteen-year-old Jacquelyn Alway voluntarily left her home in Springfield on Aug. 6 and was last seen at the bus stop at Division and Johnston. Police say additional details that have developed during the investigation have led the SPD to ask for public assistance in this search. It is believed that Alway could be in the company of an adult male, and she may also leave the state.

Springfield Police Department

A program at the Springfield Police Department lets young people see what it takes to be a police officer and prepares them for a career in law enforcement.  Applications are now being accepted for the Cadet Unit.  It’s a volunteer operational unit that not only serves young people but also helps supplement the resources of the department, according to a news release from the City of Springfield.

Police Program Creates Tighter Bond With Community

Jun 6, 2016
Springfield Police Department
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For the past five years, the Springfield Police Department has opened its doors to citizens curious about how law enforcement functions.

After years without the program, the Citizen’s Police Academy was re-introduced in 2011 to better understand what SPD officers go through on a daily basis.

Each summer, no more than 25 individuals are selected to participate in the 11-week course. To be eligible to apply, a person must be a citizen of the area, 18 years or older, no felonies, and pass a background check. Applications are due July 1.

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Changes are coming Tuesday to the Kansas Expressway and Walnut Lawn intersection in Springfield to help improve safety.

Drivers wanting to turn left onto Walnut Lawn will now have a green arrow to do so.

Angela Hunt is a traffic studies specialist at MoDOT, and worked on this case when the request was made.

“Something I knew I needed to look hard on was our sight distance and the crash history, and those were really the two deciding factors in this case.”

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The Springfield Police Department says it’s planning at least one DWI checkpoint in the month of April.

Lisa Cox is the department’s public affairs officer. She says at these checkpoints police typically come across at least one driver operating a vehicle under the influence, and that organized traffic stop may have prevented an incident down the road.

“Its beneficial for the city because someone’s loved one could’ve come in contact with that driver a block away, a mile away, 20 miles away and could’ve potentially been hurt due to their driving impairment,” says Cox.

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