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Joplin Police Promote and Shift Staff in Leadership Positions

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  The Joplin Police Department prepares to swear in new leaders after a series of promotions and job shifts.

 The department  prides itself on promoting from within the department.

Matt Stewart  has a new position as assistant chief.  He'll  oversea four police bureaus not just one.

Stewart says, "That's a total of approximately one hundred nine officers that would fall under that plus our jail and dispatch center.”

As Stewart becomes assistant chief, Captain Bob Higginbotham moves into his Stewart's old post in records and support services.

Chief Jason Burns says it's a position close to the chief and where Stewart learned a lot. "When he was in records, he was  in charge of the fleet all of  our vehicles of course the media, all of our reporting systems and basically  our entire computer system. Not to mention the jail and  dispatch somewhat."

The chief says the department   prepares  personnel to step into leadership roles.

Burns says, "We send  all of our supervisory people to command college to get them that additional administrative training. Certainly, Matt and I and we're getting ready to apply for  another officer to attend the national FBI academy." 

While training and education are important,  its experience in  other departments  that can give supervisors the respect of those they lead."

Chief Burns says, "That will make him a better and more effective supervisor because he's seen   and done the things that people (officers)  are doing now."

Sergeant Rusty Rives, who's shifting to a position in internal affairs says, “As you move up, its important you know what the  whole organization is doing  that way you know what the best routes are to advance it."

Sgt. Rives moves into internal affairs as Sgt. Dan Haskins moves out into patrol.  Corporal Shawn Dodson moves from investigations to special enforcement  while Corporal Darren McIntosh moves from investigations to patrol.

Stewart says the biggest challenge for all in law enforcement is that police are under the microscope in everything they do.

But he says JPD is in a good position.

Asst. Chief Stewart says, "I'm a little biased but i think the Joplin police  department is the best agency in our area. I think we've done a lot of great things: accredited  through CALEA, very open with our citizens, very open with the media. We're very transparent with them. Those are all plusses."

 A special swearing in ceremony will be held for the promoted officers on January 20th, at 5:30 p-m in city hall. 
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