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For the second straight year, the COPS Hiring Program is awarding the Springfield Police Department grant money to hire more police officers.

The department will be able to hire 11 new officers thanks to the funding, which accounts for $1.3 million over a 3-year period.

The City must make a local cash match of 25 percent over that span, and then will assume 100 percent of the ongoing costs for the additional officers.

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As the Springfield Police Department’s website puts it, the Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy is one way for residents “to better educate themselves about crime, and how the police deal with it”... the Citizen’s Police Academy “was created in the spirit of community policing to bring citizens together with their police department.”

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky tells us about a volunteer unit within the Springfield Police Department that plays an important role for both citizens and officers.

Volunteers with the Springfield Police Department’s Police Chaplains Unit are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.


The Springfield Police Department and Greene County Sheriff's Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint Friday night at Campbell and Bennett.  A total of 481 motorists was contacted during the four-hour checkpoint.  Five drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, one was arrested for a warrant, and one was arrested for drugs.  Two people were charged with No Operator's License.

The checkpoint was funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Division of Highway Safety.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

For the fourth year in a row, Springfield citizens came together for National Night Out, where families become more familiar with city and community resources as part of the annual community-building event. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann visited Meador Park on Tuesday to meet with participants.

Strolling through the park just west of Battlefield Mall, various agencies have set up shop to serve families and individuals.