Springfield Police Department

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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.

On a recent Saturday evening, Caleb G stood with his sister Victoria on a stage setup in a corner parking lot, performing a rap selection that he wrote himself. His audience includes his fellow neighbors and the Police Area Representative. People are eating, chatting, and playing games, and most everyone is bobbing their head to the music. Others, like Caleb’s mom, are holding their hands to the sky.

“Woo! That’s awesome! Yeah!” exclaims a spectator.

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Officer Chris Laughlin works in the Community Services Section of the Springfield Mo. Police Department, and oversees the city’s Neighborhood Watch Program. 

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City councils have public hearings, school districts have parent-teacher conferences, and politicians have town hall meetings. These are among the existing and more popular forums through which citizens can express opinions, show support, or file a complaint.

And as the call for more transparency and community engagement from various agencies continues to grow, the opportunity to get in your two cents is also on the rise.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

On this edition of the “Sense of Community” series we’re going to visit one of the smaller law-enforcement units in Greene County.  Situated about ten miles north of Springfield city limits is the town of Fair Grove, population 1,393 in the 2010 Census.  The Fair Grove Police Department headquarters are housed in the City Hall building, which also contains Mayor Tim Smith’s office, the Fair Grove Branch Library, and the City Council chambers.