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Joplin Police Department Rolls Out New Procedures and Pay

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As Deborah Webre looks up at her granddaughter on the slide, she is reminded of how precious safety is to her and how vital the police are.

"Security is very important, especially if you've got a little four-year-old running around, you know, and you wanna make sure there's someone that's gonna be available," said Webre, a Joplin resident.

Webre appreciates the officers that keep her city safe, and she thinks that they should be paid more for what they do.

"It's a very, very dangerous job for the security of this city. You know we need people who can do their jobs and they need to get paid correctly for it," said Webre.

Pay is something that's been an issue for the Joplin Police Department, and a factor in the problem they're facing now.

"Our department has basically been struggling against a manpower shortage and we're always looking at different ways to attract applicants, and, you know, at this point in time, we're looking to attract applicants that have police officer experience and are certified already," explained Captain Trevor Duncan of the Joplin Police Department.

To do this, the department decided to make some changes, doing away with written and physical agility tests.

"While we're trying to look for qualified applicants, we feel that those that are currently police officers elsewhere or have gotten certified in the last year, they've already passed some tests, done some things to show they can do the job. So we're looking at an expedited way to get them on board with us, get them hired with us and get them out on the street doing the job," Duncan stated.

And that sounds good to Weber.

"We need their security. We need the security to know that they're here and doing their job. We need em', we need em,'" said Weber.

Applicants who meet these requirements will still need to complete a standard employment application and complete a background packet for investigation.

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