Springfield Police Department

Springfield Police Department

Law officers across Missouri, including here in Springfield, will hold what they’re calling an aggressive Click it or Ticket mobilization.  It’s designed to get more motorists to buckle up and to save more lives.

According to the Springfield Police Department, despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 20 percent of Missouri motorists are still not using them. And 63 percent of those killed in crashes in the state last year were not wearing seat belts. 

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After more than two decades working for the Springfield Police Department, Captain David Millsap is retiring today. 

The commander of the SPD’s Criminal Investigations Division has served in a variety of leadership roles in his 22 years with the department, including assignments as a Patrol Division commander, Criminal Investigations Section commander, Special Investigations Section commander, Traffic Section commander and as the department’s training director from 2001-2005.

City of Springfield

Informational sessions for anyone interested in becoming a Springfield police officer are planned this month.  But you don't have to leave home to attend if you don't want to.

The Springfield Police Department says there will be two options:  in-person or virtual.

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The Springfield Police Department’s 2015 third quarter public safety report shows a 68 percent increase in reported rapes compared to July through September of last year. Public information officer Lisa Cox describes what might be the cause.

“It is difficult to pinpoint, we would hope, we would really hope that the cause of the dramatic increase is just that more people are coming forward,” says Cox.

Some of these reports are happening on local college campuses, and Cox says public awareness about sexual assault at school may play a factor. 

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UPDATE:  The man killed by Springfield police officers early Wednesday has been identified.  He is 30-year-old Joseph Tyndall from the Joplin area.  Springfield police say his only known relative in that area has been notified.

According to a news release from the Springfield Police Department, Tyndall had a lengthy criminal history that included convictions for unlawful of use of a weapon, burglary, receiving stolen property and numerous other arrests. He was on parole at the time of the incident.

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