Thursday, May 24, 2018
Joplin Police Department cuts services effective immediately
(From the Joplin Police Department)
The reduction in services Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart told the Joplin City Council May 7 would take place has gone into effect, according to a JPD news release.
Stewart told the Council his department was short 13 officers and that number could go up to 19 in the near future.
The text of the news release is printed below:
The following reduction of services is now in effect, as announced May 7th by Chief Matt Stewart, due to manpower shortages in our department:
• No longer accept ride-alongs except for those that are testing with us and/or are in the Police Academy or the Citizen’s Police Academy.
• No longer provide security for the many 5k runs that occur in the City.
• No longer be doing graffiti abatement in the City.
• No longer respond to past tense property crimes that are misdemeanors.
• No longer respond to crashes that occur on private property where the suspect vehicle leaves the scene and there are no injuries.
• Detectives will no longer follow up on misdemeanor theft reports.
Past tense property theft and property vandalism can be reported online or at the front desk of the PD by filling out a paper form. Private property hit and runs can also be completed online or at the front desk by filling out a paper form.
The front desk is open monday through friday 8am to 5pm, excluding certain holidays.
Online police reports can be completed at: