Springfield Police Department

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.

City of Springfield

Next month, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be in Springfield "to examine all aspects of the Springfield Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services," according to the City of Springfield

It's part of a voluntary process to gain CALEA accreditation, which recognizes departments with professional excellence.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

At police departments across the country, officers generally have access to protective vests. But it’s not as common an option for the police dogs that are also out on patrol. As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports, recent donations have made those protections possible for K9 units in the Springfield Police Department.

Greene County Prosecutor

The Greene County prosecutor says a Springfield Police officer was justified in shooting an unarmed suspect earlier this year, which resulted in the man’s death.

Michael Ireland was killed on Feb. 17 after being shot once in the chest by Office Andrew Bath. The shooting followed a chase that began near the 1900 block of West Division in reference to a check suspicious activity call.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

The two children who were found dead in a Springfield apartment unit following a lengthy standoff are believed to have been killed before officers arrived on scene.

Police Chief Paul Williams told reporters Tuesday that officials early in the standoff became quite certain the children were deceased, changing the situation from a hostage to an armed and barricaded negotiation.