Quantcast

Joplin Police Department Sees Increase In Officers Leaving For 2 - KOAM TV 7

Joplin Police Department Sees Increase In Officers Leaving For 2017

Updated:

     As for the Joplin Police Department service calls decreased from 2016 to 2017 by nearly 5,000.
     Captain Trevor Duncan says that's still pretty high for a city the size of Joplin.
     And also told us that the department is overworked.
     That's shown by an increase in resignations.
When Shelby Howard took a look at these numbers...
Howard: "Well it concerns me...(20)17 we saw a higher rate of resignations than we had in the previous couple of years, unfortunately, we're still not hiring at that rate."
He's the President of the Fraternal Order of Police...he's not the only one who's noticed the disturbing trend...but, there's another concern...
Captain Trevor Duncan: "The big thing is we are losing experienced officers and that plays a big factor in how we can do our jobs."
According to Howard, the department has lost 180 years combined experience since 2012.
Howard: "Guys are leaving to seek better employment, when I say better employment, I mean, usually more pay."
He has a word of caution for those in charge of pay...
Howard: "If you don't raise our base salary and our current officer salary to be competitive, we're not ever going to be able to maintain, we're going to lose at a faster rate than we can hire."
But, he has a note of reassurance for residents.
Howard: "The quality of service isn't necessarily worse, it's just sometimes slower, because of manpower."
Howard hopes these latest numbers will encourage city leaders to review their budgets and find ways to increase the salaries within the police department.
     Howard also noted that some of the lost experience is coming from officers who have retired.
 

MORE TOP NEWS

Chris Warner
Reporter

A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

Follow Chris:
On Facebook
On Twitter

Contact Chris:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
cwarner@koamtv.com

  • Chris WarnerMore>>

  • Coffee Trends Inspire Three New Shops In The Metro

    Coffee Trends Inspire Three New Shops In The Metro

    Friday, November 16 2018 10:35 PM EST2018-11-17 03:35:29 GMT
        A new survey by the website "Webstaurant Store" has noted an increase in coffee shop customers, especially those 13 to 18.  Three new coffee shops have opened in the Joplin metro area within the last couple of months, so we sent Chris Warner to find out what trend's brought them here.  Although there's a growing trend of younger coffee drinkers, the coffee shops we visited all told us they see all ages frequent their stores. Neil Simmonds, Z...More >>
        A new survey by the website "Webstaurant Store" has noted an increase in coffee shop customers, especially those 13 to 18.  Three new coffee shops have opened in the Joplin metro area within the last couple of months, so we sent Chris Warner to find out what trend's brought them here.  Although there's a growing trend of younger coffee drinkers, the coffee shops we visited all told us they see all ages frequent their stores. Neil Simmonds, Z...More >>
  • New Way To Treat Depression In Joplin

    New Way To Treat Depression In Joplin

    Thursday, November 15 2018 10:31 PM EST2018-11-16 03:31:45 GMT
        A new way to treat depression has made it's way to the four-states...Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or "TMS" therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment for patients with major depression who have not seen success on anti-depressant medication.     Freeman Health's Ozark Center recently debuted the technology which uses a highly targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what an MRI machine uses, to stimulate nerves in the part of...More >>
        A new way to treat depression has made it's way to the four-states...Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or "TMS" therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment for patients with major depression who have not seen success on anti-depressant medication.     Freeman Health's Ozark Center recently debuted the technology which uses a highly targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what an MRI machine uses, to stimulate nerves in the part of...More >>
  • Three Year Old Left On Webb City Bus

    Three Year Old Left On Webb City Bus

    Thursday, November 15 2018 10:22 PM EST2018-11-16 03:22:25 GMT
        A child is left behind on a bus in Webb City and the parent takes to Facebook fighting for change. Dr. Kevin Cooper, Webb City Asst. Superintendent: "To be honest with you, we're not 100% sure exactly, how it happened, but we can tell you that we had a student that was left on a bus for an extended period of time, and it was one of our early childhood students." The child left behind, only three years old, the daughter of Samantha Sweet.  Sweet t...More >>
        A child is left behind on a bus in Webb City and the parent takes to Facebook fighting for change. Dr. Kevin Cooper, Webb City Asst. Superintendent: "To be honest with you, we're not 100% sure exactly, how it happened, but we can tell you that we had a student that was left on a bus for an extended period of time, and it was one of our early childhood students." The child left behind, only three years old, the daughter of Samantha Sweet.  Sweet t...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.